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

A Misconduct Hearing for former Police Constable Joslyn, took place between Wednesday 30th January and Friday 1st February 2019.

The panel have now adjourned to make a decision on their findings and the hearing will be reconvened in due course. 

 

At a Misconduct Hearing for former Police Constable James Vaughan, which took place on 29th and 30th January 2019, the panel found the allegations Not Proven.

The full outcome of the hearing, led by an independent chair, is attached.

The hearing due to begin at 9:30am on 12th February 2019, for Police Sergeant WILTSHIRE, has been adjourned by the Legally Qualified Chair, Susan Davies. 

 The hearing will be rescheduled in due course.

A Misconduct Hearing for Detective Constable Fitzpatrick, will take place between Monday 18th and Monday 25th February 2019.

The hearing will begin at 9.30am on 18th February 2019 at Vantage Point House, Ty-Coch Way, Cwmbran NP44 7HF.

Detective Constable Fitzpatrick will attend a Misconduct Hearing to answer the following allegations:

In the summer of 2017 you were posted to Bedwas police station as a Temporary Sergeant where you were the supervising officer of E Relief. You remained there until December 2017. During the above period of time at Bedwas you behaved and spoke unprofessionally towards colleagues and you acted in a bullying way to the officers under your command contrary to the provisions of the Dignity at Work policy. You sometimes did so in front of and also towards members of the public. Set out below are the instances of your behaviours which, it is alleged, constitute a breach of the following Standards of Professional Behaviour namely

  • Authority, Respect and Courtesy
  • Orders and Instructions
  • Discreditable Conduct

The following actions amount to the behaviours which breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

  1. In or about July 2017 you addressed members of E relief at Bedwas police station and you remarked that if anyone had an objection to the use of a particular offensive word then they should let you know or words to that effect.

  2. In about July 2017 at Bedwas police station you spoke to PC Champion and stated that she used an offensive word

  3. On or about 14th July 2017 whilst you were on mobile patrol you spoke to a member of the public and used offensive language to him.” 

  4.  Upon return to the police station after the incident in paragraph 3 above you recounted the story to officers and thought it was funny as you were laughing as the story was recounted.

  5. Between July and December 2017 in the presence of other officers you used a particular offensive word repeatedly.

  6.  In or about the summer or autumn of 2017 in front of other officers at Bedwas police station you made inappropriate and offensive comments to PC Coulson.

  7. Between July and October 2017, you asked unwanted and intrusive questions about PC Lewis Evans’ sex life.

  8. Between July and October 2017 you have suggestively winked at Lewis Evans and referred to him as the “Hoff.”

  9. In the autumn of 2017 at Bedwas police station you were aware that PC Jemma Goodfield had a sore throat and in front of other officers you made an inappropriate and offensive suggestion to her.

  10. Between July and December 2017 you shared details of your own sex life with your husband with other officers at Bedwas police station when such behaviour was unwanted.

  11. In or about the autumn of 2017, at Bedwas Police Station, you shouted at PC Karen Hartshorne, “have you got any cream for thrush?

  12. Between July and December 2017 you openly broke wind in front of other officers and on occasions you gave an inappropriate and offensive explanation as to why you had done so

  13. Between July and December 2017 you would on occasion use a particular offensive word to officers.

  14. Between July and December 2017 on a number of occasions you belittled PC Mark Powell in front of other officers:

  15. On or about the 1st of October 2017 as PC Lewis Evans was in the process of searching an arrested person, Mr. Boulton having found a knife upon him you spoke to the officer in a patronising and demeaning way in front of Mr. Boulton and other officers.

  16. On the 8th October 2017 during the arrest of Craig Parry who had been placed into the rear of a police vehicle handcuffed to the front you used inappropriate and offensive language  to PC Lewis Evans.

  17. On the 9th October 2017 at Bedwas on attending to an incident in which school girls had entered the Rhymney river you:

  • rebuked and accused PC Lewis Evans of not providing information to you. You did so in front of other officers and members of the public.

  • You spoke in an unprofessional and intemperate manner to Mrs. Raison Head teacher of Mynydd Haf Independent Day School when you rebuked her for referring to a “crack den” and

  • you told her in angry tones to stop talking.

  • You told her to look directly at you as you accused her of avoiding eye contact.

  • You told her she needed to listen to you and do as she was told.

  • You told one young person that she was “vile”

  • You placed another child in a cage despite being told she had panic attacks in enclosed spaces

  • You were aggressive to all present

  • You told the head teacher that her school was a nuisance and that it was her job to keep the children safe and that she was making a drama out of the situation

     

    18. On or about the 27th November 2017 you attended with PC Powell at a call relating to threats to kill a woman and:

     

  • you repeatedly told PC Powell that he didn’t have a speaking role in front of the woman and
  • you further told him that his mental health was “bonkers” anyway and you told him to go and sit in the police vehicle thereby embarrassing him

19. In or about the autumn of 2017 you were spoken to by PC Powell and told that you had been making inappropriate comments to colleagues about his mental health and you laughed it off.

20. On occasions between July and December 2017 you referred to PC Powell as “Colonel Major” and asked him to clean your boots which he has on occasion done for you.

21. Between July and December 2017 you told PC Powell that if anyone contacted Safecall about you would allege they had “touched [you] up.

22. Between July and December 2017 you told a probationer constable words to the effect that if anything that is said gets back to the Professional Standards department you would tell them that he had touched you up.

23. On an occasion in the autumn of 2017 you spoke to PC Lewis Evans in front of other officers and used inappropriate language” in a condescending and patronising way when he was operating a scanner.

24. Between July and October 2017 you stated to officers at Bedwas police station you wanted to cheat on your husband and have an affair with a PC.

25. On or about the 3rd December 2017 you spoke to PC Cavill in front of other officers and asked if he had a girlfriend and whether he would like an affair with an older woman and when he said “no” you said, “I’ll be gentle I promise” or words to that effect.

The conduct is alleged to be so serious that it constitutes gross misconduct.

If you wish to attend the hearing please e-mail [email protected]