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Previous Misconduct Hearings

At the conclusion of an investigation into a complaint from a member of the public or an internal misconduct investigation; a senior officer, normally the Head of the Performance & Standards Unit, will consider whether there is a case to answer to for a breach of one of the Standards of Professional Behaviours.

If it is determined that there is a case to answer and it is so serious that it may justify dismissal from the Police Service if proven or admitted, then the matter will go forward to a Misconduct Hearing or Special Case Hearing.

Police Officers (Including Special Constabulary members)

Police Officers may be subject to one of two slightly different misconduct processes at this level. Which process is undertaken depends on the circumstances of the allegations and the nature of the evidence. These hearings may be open for the public to attend. See the following link to for the latest hearings - Misconduct Hearings.

A Misconduct Hearing is a formal process chaired by an independant, legally qualified person who sits on a panel with a senior Police Officer (of at least Superintendent rank) and an independant person qualifed and approved by the Office of the PCC. The panel will listen to the evidence, which could include evidence provided by live witnesses, and decide whether there has been a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour and can impose the following sanctions:

  1. Take no further action
  2. Provide written advice
  3. Issue a written warning (this will remain live for 12 months)
  4. Issue a final written warning (this will remain live for 18 months).
  5. Dismissal with notice
  6. Dismissal without notice

A Special Case Hearing is a formal process chaired by the Chief Constable. The Chief Constable will listen to evidence presented and decide whether there has been a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour and can impose the following sanctions:

  1. Take no further action
  2. Provide written advice
  3. Issue a written warning (this will remain live for 12 months)
  4. Issue a final written warning (this will remain live for 18 months).
  5. Dismissal without notice

Police Staff

Police Staff are subject to different regulations than Police Officer's. These hearings are not open to the public.

A Misconduct Hearing for Police Staff is a formal process chaired by a Senior Police Staff Manager, normally the Head of People Services, with a senior Police Officer (of at least Superintendent rank) and a Senior HR Manager. The panel will listen to the evidence, which could include evidence provided by live witnesses, and decide whether there has been a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour and can impose the following sanctions :

  1. Take no further action
  2. Provide written advice
  3. Issue a written warning (this will remain live for 12 months)
  4. Issue a final written warning (this will remain live for 18 months).
  5. Dismissal with notice
  6. Dismissal without notice
  • 9 November 2017

    Subject Officers:  Three Constables Allegation:  Misconduct Hearing date: 6 November 2017 Case details: Breaches of standards of professional behaviour relating…

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  • 24 October 2017

    Subject Officer:  Constable Allegation: Gross Misconduct Hearing date: 13 October 2017 Case details: Breaches in standards following a conviction for driving a…

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  • 24 October 2017

    Subject Officer:  Sergeant Allegation:  Gross Misconduct Hearing date: 11 October 2017 Case details: Breaches in standards of professional behaviour in relation…

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  • 24 October 2017

    Subject Officers:  Detective Sergeant, Constable, Inspector Allegation: Gross Misconduct Hearing date: 6 September 2017 Case details: Breach of professional standards…

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  • 18 July 2017

    Subject Officer:  Sergeant Allegation: Discreditable Conduct Hearing date: 17 July 2017 Case details: Convicted of breaches in standards following a conviction…

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  • 10 May 2017

    Subject Officer:  PC Allegation: Discreditable Conduct Hearing date: 8th & 9th May 2017 Case details: Convicted of breaches in standards in relation to a relationship…

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  • 9 December 2016

    A Special Case Hearing will be held at 1000 hrs on Thursday 15th December 2016 at Staffordshire Police Headquarters. A Constable will answer an allegation that…

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  • 22 June 2016

    Subject Officer:  PCSO Allegation: Discreditable Conduct Hearing date: 20/06/2016 Case details: Convicted of two criminal offences whilst off duty Outcome of hearing:…

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  • 15 June 2016

    Subject Officer: PC Allegation: Honesty & Integrity Hearing date: 18/05/2016 Case details: Provided false details in response to a request to identify the driver…

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  • 15 June 2016

    Subject Officer: Police Staff Allegation: Honesty & Integrity and Orders & Instructions Hearing date: 16/12/2015 Case details: Disrepencies in recorded working…

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