Misconduct Hearings

Date published: 01 November 2022 11:36

Misconduct Hearings and Accelerated Misconduct Hearings for police officers are public unless the person chairing the hearing decides to exclude the public from part or all of a sitting.

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 Accelerated Misconduct Hearing

Accelerated 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. These procedures can also be taken into use, to hold former officers to account, so consideration can be given to putting them on the Barred List with the College of Policing. For this reason there will be no witness testimony other than from the officer concerned, if they choose to give evidence.