We employ many people. Taking that and the nature of our operation into consideration, alleged transgressions of accepted practice or unlawful activity, whether or not they've passed through the legal courts system, are bound to arise. It’s our duty to investigate each case, which may result in a public misconduct hearing.
The purpose of public hearings
Misconduct hearings are held to present the facts of the case and allow the person to give an explanation of their conduct and the circumstances surrounding the allegation. Witnesses may also be called to give evidence.
The purpose of a public hearing is to show that our disciplinary system is open and transparent. It will demonstrate that we do hold officers who breach the standards of professional behaviour, or those where misconduct is found proven, accountable for their actions.
Who can attend?
Any member of the public or press wishing to attend a misconduct hearing may register to do so. We allocate places at the hearing on a first-come-first-served basis.
Where a large number of media organisations are interested in attending a hearing, journalists may be asked to pool copy.
proof of your address, such as a recent utility bill
We can’t reimburse any expenses you incur by attending.
Sometimes a misconduct hearing is cancelled at short notice. In these situations we’ll do our best to notify you, but it may not be possible. We’re sorry if this happens to you.
Changes to expect
Occasionally, a misconduct hearing is not held in public or only a part is heard in public. To decide this, the Chair takes into account:
whether it interferes with the prevention or detection of crime
the welfare of parties involved
If the Chair decides that the evidence to be given by a witness or anyone else should not be disclosed in public, they’ll ask that the public be removed from the hearing.
Conditions of entry
All attendees need to provide photographic identification on the day of admittance to the misconduct hearing to allow verification of their identity. They will also need to agree to adhere to our conditions of entry. No recording or filming of the proceedings is allowed.
Misconduct hearings are held within a dedicated meeting room located on the first floor of our force headquarters.
We provide the following facilities to visitors who are less abled:
wheelchair access to the building and space in the hearing room
If you have a hearing impairment, please note that there is no loop induction system.
Police appeals tribunals
Police appeals tribunals hear appeals against the findings of gross misconduct brought by police officers or special constables.
Members of the public can attend appeal hearings as observers but aren’t allowed to participate in proceedings.