Misconduct

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 instigate misconduct proceedings.

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.

Since 1 May 2015, 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. Details of any future hearings and how to attend will be issued via the Misconduct Hearings link below however please note that spaces at the hearings are often limited and we cannot guarantee that everyone will get to attend the hearing they have registered for.

 

Misconduct hearings are 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, public misconduct hearings, the outcomes of misconduct hearings and meetings, and also those who resign prior to the conclusion of misconduct proceedings where it is established that there was a case to answer will be published and can be found by clicking on the links below.