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How we manage improper behaviour - Forthcoming public misconduct hearings

From 1 May 2015 police misconduct and special case hearings will be held in public in accordance with new national legislation. The change has been introduced to increase transparency, accountability and public confidence. Details of upcoming misconduct hearings, including details of how to register and attend, are published on this page.

Notices of public misconduct hearings

Misconduct hearings are held to present the facts of the case and allow officers to give an explanation of their conduct and the circumstances surrounding the allegation. Witnesses may also be called to be give evidence. The purpose of a public hearing is to show that the Police disciplinary system is open and transparent, will demonstrate that we hold officers that breach the Standards of Professional Behaviour - or those that are found guilty of misconduct - accountable for their actions.

These matters are heard by a panel of three people; most hearings are typically chaired by a Legally Qualified Chair who is assisted by an officer of Superintendent rank 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

Misconduct or special case hearings will now be held in public in accordance with the new legislation to improve our transparency and accountability.  Any member of the public or media wishing to attend a misconduct hearing may apply to do so, provided that they are 18 year old or over.  Due to limitations on space, attendance at the hearing will be administered via a booking form on a first-come-first-served basis; only people who have pre-registered will be allowed into the venue.  Further details will be found in the hearings listed below.

Forthcoming public misconduct hearings

Notification of hearings will take place 5 days prior to the hearing date and will be listed below.  Details of how to register your interest in attending a hearing are included in the notice.  For full attendance conditions for each public hearing please view the relevant document below.


Misconduct outcomes register

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police share a single Professional Standards Department within our Strategic Alliance. As such the misconduct outcomes for both forces are included below, reflecting the shared approach to the investigation and management of these matters.

Misconduct Meeting Outcomes

Misconduct Hearing Outcomes