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 do. We allocate places at the hearing on a first-come-first-served basis. You can apply using our booking form.
People who are less abled are welcome to attend misconduct hearings. Visitors with hearing impairments must arrange their own interpreters, if required. Space is set aside for wheelchair users and assistance dogs. Accessible toilets are available.
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.