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Officer Misconduct Hearings are held in public for openness and transparency. 

At a hearing the facts are heard by a panel, often with help of witnesses, so a finding can be made. 

If an officer is found to have committed gross misconduct, depending on the circumstances, the available outcomes are:
  • Dismissal without notice
  • Final written warning
  • Extension added to a final written warning
  • Written warning
  • Management advice
  • No further action
For more information on police misconduct visit the Home Office website.

Attending a Misconduct Hearing

When a date is confirmed, the details will be published below. Hearings are held at Kent Police Headquarters (Sutton Road, Maidstone M15 9BZ) unless shown otherwise. Please note:
  • You must register in advance and provide valid photo ID, such as a passport or driving licence.
  • Interested parties will be given priority and spaces granted on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
  • If you haven't registered in advance you won't be able to attend.  
  • If there are reporting restrictions you'll be notified in advance of the hearing.  
  • No photographs, film or sound recording is permitted. 
  • Any conditions particular to an individual hearing will be published in advance.
  • You'll be required to leave the premises if a hearing is adjourned for an extended period of time. 
  • If you required disabled access, please explain your requirements when you register.
In exceptional circumstances the chair can decide if a hearing will be held in private and can exclude anyone from all or part of it at their discretion. If a hearing is held in private we'll publish the reasons.

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Date: 23, 24 and 25 January 2016, 10 am
Name(s): Detective Constable 10060 Stewart Catt and Detective Constable 11998 Karen Hearn
 
Conduct and how that conduct is alleged to amount to gross misconduct:It is alleged that DC Catt ignored an avenue of mitigation given to him by a detainee, appertaining to the downloading of the detainee’s phone. His conduct resulted in the detainee being remanded in custody for several months. It is considered that this conduct, if proven is so serious that the full range of sanctions up to and including dismissal should be available to the panel.
It is alleged that DC Hearn, despite being reminded, failed to download the detainee’s phone, and obtain mitigating evidence which resulted in the detainee being held on remand for several months. It is considered that this conduct, if proven is so serious that the full range of sanctions up to and including dismissal should be available to the panel.
 The criminal case relating to the detainee was withdrawn at court once the mitigating evidence was eventually obtained from the phone.            
 

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outcomes of recent hearings (last 30 days)

Outcomes of recent hearings will be pubished here when they're available. 

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