Misconduct Hearings and Outcomes

We  demand the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity from our officers and staff. Where those standards are not met, consideration may be given to instigating misconduct proceedings.

Since 1 May 2015, police misconduct and special case hearings have been held in public in accordance with new national legislation. The change was introduced to increase transparency, accountability and public confidence.

Please note that we publish the details of such hearings in advance on our website in order for members of public to register an interest in attending. Spaces at the hearings are often limited so we cannot guarantee that everyone will get to attend the hearing they have registered for.

Since 1 January 2016, misconduct hearings have been heard by a panel of three consisting of a legally qualified Chair who will be assisted by a senior police officer and an independent lay person. The facts will be heard by the panel, often with the assistance of witnesses to enable the panel to make a determination. If the officer is found to have committed gross misconduct the available sanctions are:

  • Dismissal without notice
  • Dismissal with notice
  • Final Written Warning
  • Written warning
  • Management advice

We are committed to transparency and accountability. As such we will publish the outcomes of misconduct meetings, misconduct hearings and also those who resign prior to the conclusion of misconduct proceedings (where it is established that there was a case to answer).

Misconduct can be dealt with via one of the following options:

Misconduct Hearings - Where the officer/member of staff faces allegations of gross misconduct they would attend a misconduct hearing. If they are found to have breached the relevant standards of professional behaviour they can be dismissed.

Misconduct Meeting - Where the officer/member of staff faces allegations of misconduct they would attend a misconduct meeting. If they are found to have breached the relevant standards of professional behaviour the maximum penalty would be a final written warning.

Resignation - Police officers are ordinarily not allowed to resign if they are under investigation for gross misconduct.

Our misconduct outcomes are published regularly and can be found by clicking on the link below.