To increase openness and transparency in the police service, police officer misconduct hearings and appeal hearings will normally be held in public although there may be certain circumstances when it will be necessary and appropriate for all or parts of a hearing to be held in private.
Misconduct hearings deal with allegations of gross misconduct by police officers on or off duty.
The decision to hold hearings in public was announced by the Home Secretary in the spring of 2015 and will apply to all cases where an officer was given notice to attend a hearing after 1st May 2015.
At a hearing the facts are heard by a panel (or in certain cases the Chief Constable alone), often with the help of witnesses to enable a finding to be made. If an officer is found to have committed gross misconduct, depending on the circumstances, the available outcomes may be:
- Dismissal without notice
- Dismissal with notice
- Extension of final written warning (exceptional circumstances only)
- Final written warning
- Written warning
- Management Advice
When the date of hearing is confirmed, the details will be published on the Constabulary Website. Those wishing to attend will be required to complete an on-line form and will be notified if their application has been accepted.
All hearings will be held at Police Headquarters (No.1 Waterwells, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AN) unless decided otherwise.
- Members of the public wishing to attend must register in advance of the hearing and provide valid photographic identification (e.g. passport or driving licence)
- Priority will be given to interested parties and attendance will be granted on a ‘first come first served’ basis (up to the capacity of the venue)
- No admission will be granted without prior notification of your intention to attend
- No photographs, film or sound recording is permitted, except for official use by the Constabulary. The use of live, text-based communications for the purposes of simultaneous reporting of proceedings may be permitted if the person chairing or conducting the proceedings is satisfied that it does not interfere with the orderly conduct of proceedings
- Any restrictions on reporting that members of the public or the media must adhere to in order to be granted access to the hearing will be stated by the chair in advance of or during the proceedings
- Attendees may be searched prior to entry
- Where a hearing is adjourned for an extended period, attendees will be expected to leave the premises and return at the appointed time
- Members of the public attending hearing are expected to do so at their own expense
In some circumstances, the person chairing or conducting the proceedings can decide that the proceedings should be held in private or can exclude anyone from all or part of the hearing as his/her discretion. If a decision is made to hold proceedings in private, the reasons will be published below.