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

The hearing will begin at 09:30am on 30th January 2020.  Public/media access will be given to a room at Gwent Police HQ.

Police Constable CLARK will attend a Special Case Hearing to answer allegations that his conduct amounts to a Breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct. The specific allegations being:

1. Inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.

2. Inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.

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

A Misconduct Hearing for Police Constable Harris, will take place between Monday 3rd February to Friday 7th February 2020.

The hearing will begin at 9.30am on 3rd February 2020 at Vantage Point House, Ty-Coch Way, Cwmbran NP44 7HF.
 

Police Constable Harris will attend a Misconduct Hearing to answer the following allegations:

It is alleged that on the 9th November 2018 whilst off duty on the westbound carriageway of the M4 just after the toll booth adjacent to the Prince of Wales Bridge you behaved in a manner which breached the following Standards of Professional Behaviour:

  • AUTHORITY RESPECT AND COURTESY
  • DISCREDITABLE CONDUCT

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

1. You shouted aggressively and repeatedly at Mr. W, who was the driver of another vehicle using offensive words.

2. You took hold of the wing mirror of Mr. W’s car and attempted to pull the wing mirror off the vehicle. You then started hitting the wing mirror with your open hand in order to damage it.

3. You repeatedly sounded your car horn in order to intimidate Mr. W.

4. You caused your vehicle to collide with the rear of Mr.W’s vehicle in anger and as a means of intimidating him on one or more occasions thereby causing damage.

5. You got out of your vehicle in order to confront Mr. W and shouted at him continuously and aggressively using offensive words. 
 

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]