Misconduct Hearings

Date published: 15 November 2019 09:58

Misconduct Hearings and Special Case Hearings are public unless the person chairing the hearing decides to exclude the public from part or all of a sitting.

Only the results of the most recent Misconduct Hearings will be displayed here for a period of 28 days, after which time, the results will be removed. Please see “Misconduct Findings” for all current year and archive misconduct results.

PC 1590 Richard-Wilby Newton appeared at a misconduct hearing between Monday 14th October and Tuesday 15th October 2019. 

The panel considered two allegations against PC Wilby-Newton. Firstly, an allegation of an inappropriate use of force during the arrest of an individual and secondly,  an allegation of a lack of honesty and integrity in respect of his answers to questions in an initial interview during the investigation into his use of force.  The officer was alleged to have kicked a detainee while the detainee was handcuffed and on the ground.  In an initial interview, the officer denied that he was the officer responsible for using force on the detainee.  After further investigations, in a subsequent interview he accepted that he was the officer who had used the force on the detainee but was unable to remember the event. He did not accept that the use of force was inappropriate.

The panel, chaired by a legally qualified chair, decided that the officer had used inappropriate force against the detainee and that his account in the initial interview was not an honest account .  They found that both allegations were proved and the conduct amounted to gross misconduct.  The officer was dismissed without notice.  

A Special Case Misconduct Hearing took, on 8th November 2019 regarding Former Officer B, whom accepted the he had told the complainant and others on more than one occasion that a case was with the CPS and they had decided not to charge.  This was not true.    Chief Constable Watson, as chair, agreed that the allegation did amount to gross misconduct.  The officer would have been dismissed if still serving.

Code of Ethics Honesty / Integrity.

A Special Case Misconduct Hearing took, on 8th November 2019 regarding Former Officer A, whom chose not to attend.  Chief Constable Watson, as chair, decided that the following allegations against the officer were all proven and amounted to gross misconduct.

  1. Former Officer A should not have been involved in an investigation with a suspect, as he knew her and the complainant believes that the investigation was not carried out correctly and the suspect was protected.
  2. Former Officer A was involved in a relationship with a suspect and due to this, he deliberately influenced the direction and outcome of a criminal investigation.
  3. Former Officer A failed to correctly handle a mobile ‘phone or undertaken any enquiries regarding a mobile ‘phone which was handed to him and was believed to have been used in crime.

The officer would have been dismissed if still serving.

Equality and Diversity / Honesty and Integrity / Discreditable Conduct. Code of Ethics Honesty / Integrity / Fairness / Respect / Selflessness.

Purpose of Public Misconduct Hearing

Misconduct Hearings are held to present the facts of a case and allow officers the opportunity to explain their conduct and the circumstances surrounding an allegation. Witnesses may also be called to give evidence. The purpose of a Public Hearing is to show that the Police disciplinary system is open and transparent and holds officers in breach of acceptable Standards of Professional Behaviour, or those that found guilty of misconduct, accountable for their actions.

Purpose of Public Special Case Hearing

Special Case Misconduct Hearings are designed to demonstrate that officers are held to account for their actions. However, they are ‘fast track’ procedures, where there is incontrovertible evidence to establish, on the balance of probabilities, the conduct of the officer constitutes gross misconduct and the officer concerned should cease to be a police officer, without delay. For this reason there will be no witness testimony other than from the officer concerned, if they choose to give evidence.

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