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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.
 

upcoming hearings

Details of upcoming hearings will be published here when relevant. 
 

Register attendance

To register your interest to attend a hearing, when one is listed above, please email [email protected] or call 01622 652320.

outcomes of recent hearings

Date of Misconduct Hearing Name of officer The conduct and how that conduct was alleged to amount to gross misconduct Finding Disciplinary outcome
2/3/4 May 2018 Police Constable 13212 Mark Hickson Police Constable Hickson was involved in an off-duty incident occurring in a pub in August 2017. 

Police Constable Hickson’s original statement regarding his involvement in the incident was deliberately inaccurate, as he was concerned he might be admitting to behaviour that could lead to criminal or misconduct proceedings against him . A later statement provided by Police Constable Hickson acknowledged this fact. 

Police Constable Hickson denied that his actions amounted to Gross Misconduct.
The Misconduct Panel found that Police Constable Hickson’s conduct breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Honesty and Integrity.
Gross Misconduct  Police Constable Hickson received a Final Written Warning, which will remain live for 18 months from the date the warning was given.

This means that during this time, only in exceptional circumstances will further proven misconduct (that justifies more than management action) not result in his dismissal.
1/6/2018 Special Constable 18057 Indira Foster Special Constable Foster was involved in an off-duty incident occurring at her son’s residence in June 2017 which resulted in her being convicted at court of common assault and using violence to secure entry.
 

Gross Misconduct
It was considered that the Special Constable Foster’s conduct had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Discreditable Conduct. The finding of the hearing was that Special Constable 18057 Foster would have been dismissed if she had not already resigned as a member of Kent Police.
4/6/2018 Police Sergeant 13125 Rebecca Jones It was alleged that whilst off-duty, PS Jones attended her former partner’s address to collect some belongings, following their relationship break-up. At the address she encountered her former partner’s new partner. PS Jones was verbally and physically abusive towards this person.
 
Misconduct - Discreditable Conduct and Authority, Respect and Courtesy. An additional allegation relating to Use of Force was not proven.
 
PS Jones received a written warning which will remain live for 12 months. 

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