Public Misconduct Hearings
Under their formal Misconduct Regulations, Police Officers accused of gross misconduct have to appear before a misconduct panel which is chaired by a legally Qualified Chair appointed by the Police and Crime Commissioner and made up of a Police Officer of at least the rank of Superintendent plus an independent lay member, also appointed by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The hearings are held in public and in Gwent this is usually achieved by the hearing taking place in a Police building and the proceedings being streamed by way of a live link to a room in Police Headquarters where the press and the public can attend.
Sometimes, if there are representations made by any of the interested parties which can include the Officer(s), witnesses or victims, complainants , the Force itself or the Independent Police Complaints Commission if they have been involved, the Chair of the panel may decide to exclude the public and media from some or all of the proceedings. Representations can be made for personal reasons or for operational reasons because of the sensitivity of the case or the circumstances and because policing tactics or operations may be compromised. The starting point is always a hearing in public. The details of the hearing must be published by the Force at least five working days before it is due to take place, even if it is to be held in private. The Force must also publish the outcome for at least 28 consecutive days after the hearing has finished. It does not have to identify the Officer(s).
In Gwent, members of the public and press wishing to attend are asked to notify the Force of their desire to do so, in order that enough space can be allocated and any necessary security measures can be put in place.
Our Public Misconduct Hearings
Public Misconduct Hearing - 20th to 22nd August 2018 - Gwent Police Headquarters, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran NP44 2XJ
The hearing will begin at 9.30am on 20th August 2018. Public/media access will be given to a room at Gwent Police HQ.
Police Constable WALTERS will attend a Misconduct Hearing to answer allegations that his conduct amounts to Breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour. The specific allegations being:
Being a police officer with Heddlu/Gwent Police, you breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour set out in Schedule 2 to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 by sending inappropriate, derogatory and/or threatening text messages to a member of the public using Gwent Police computer systems, whilst on duty as a control room operator in the early hours of Tuesday 16 January 2018.
Between approximately 03.00 and 04.00 on 16 January 2018, Gwent Police control room received a large number of nuisance 999 calls from a number ending 767 later identified as being used by a man called DJ
At 04.18 a request was made to British Telecom (BT) by the control room for DJ's number to be blocked. By 04.28 the block had been put in place.
Knowing that DJ had been and/or was about to be blocked from calling the police, you sent the following 13 anonymous text messages to DJ via the HTK messaging system, using your Gwent Police email account:
At 04.16, stating: "I KNOW WHO YOU ARE";
At 04.18, stating: "WE ARE COMING FOR YOU";
At 04.20, stating: "YOU SAD LITTLE LONELY MAN";
At 04.20, stating: "YOU LIVE ALONE AND CALL 999 BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO IN YOUR SAD LIFE";
At 04.21, stating: "LOSER";
At 04.23, stating: "YOU ARE GOING TO REGRET THIS";
At 04.24, stating: "PATHETIC LOSER";
At 04.26, stating: "NO MORE CALLS LOSER";
At 04.28, stating: "BT CUT YOUR CALLS LOSER";
At 04.28, stating: "LOSER";
At 04.29, stating: "THAT'S ALL FOR NOW";
At 04.29, stating: "HA HA HA";
At 04.30, stating: "SLEEP WITH ONE EYE OPEN".
Between 04.28 and 04.56 DJ made a further seven 999 calls which, due to the block, were directed to the ambulance service, who in turn contacted Gwent Police. DJ was requesting police attendance because he thought he was going to get beaten up.
At 04.57 two officers (PCs Jones and Crandon) attended DJ's address whereupon DJ showed them two of the anonymous text messages he had received and told them that he feared for his safety.
At around 1pm on 16 January 2018, when you were off duty, you sent a text message to Chief Inspector Huw Nicholas in which you explained what you had done [as particularised in paragraphs 1-5 above] and described the situation as "F***ING GLORIOUS". You sent the same message to control room operator, Suzie Landgrebe.
Your said conduct, in:
Sending inappropriate, derogatory and/or threatening text messages to a member of the public, causing him to fear for his safety and engage the services of the ambulance and two police officers, and
Boasting about it afterwards,
breached the following Standards of Professional Behaviour:
Honesty and Integrity;
Authority, Respect and Courtesy;
Orders and Instructions;
Duties and Responsibilities;