Misconduct Hearings

Date published: 17 May 2019 13:01

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.

Special Case Hearing Result:

On the 10th May 2019, a police constable was the subject of a Special Case Hearing. The Hearing which was held in private, related to an incident where the officer was convicted of an offence of driving a motor vehicle ,on a road whilst over the prescribed limit. The hearing was chaired by Chief Constable Watson, who found that the officer’s conduct amounted to gross misconduct and breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Discreditable Conduct. Chief Constable Watson dismissed the officer without notice. The officer will be placed on the College of Policing barred list.

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.

Forthcoming Misconduct Hearings

Misconduct Hearing Application

Conditions of entry-Hearings-Lifewise

Misconduct Findings

For details of findings from previous misconduct meetings and hearings, please click here.