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

Outcome of Public Misconduct Hearing - 17th September 2020

Outcome of Public Misconduct Hearing – 17th September 2020


A Misconduct Hearing for former PC 1807 Joshua Cavill took place on 17th September 2020.
 

The Panel found the following allegations proven as gross misconduct:

  1. On a date between November and December 2018 whilst off duty in the Brewhouse licensed premises in Cardiff you bit the left arm of PC A causing reddening and bruising to her arm. Such conduct constituted an unlawful assault.
  2. On a date between November and December 2018 whilst off duty in the Brewhouse licensed premises in Cardiff you bit the left arm of PC B causing reddening and bruising to his arm. Such conduct constituted an unlawful assault.
  3. On the 6th March 2019 whilst off duty at the Live Lounge licensed premises in Cardiff in the company of PC C you bit the right ear of PC C on two occasions causing pain and redness to his skin. Such conduct constituted an unlawful assault.
  4. On the 6 March 2019 whilst off duty at the Live Lounge licensed premises in Cardiff you slapped Mr K to his face causing reddening and discomfort to his face and left ear. For this common assault you received a formal police caution on 7 March 2019.
  5. On 6 March 2019 whilst off duty outside the Live Lounge licensed premises in Cardiff you:

(a) ran away from security staff and police officers who had been called to the premises to deal with the assault on Mr. K and/or

(b) informed the police officers that you were in possession of a “Glock” hand gun and/or

(c) were obstructive once you were arrested for common assault by refusing to comply with instructions and struggling with the officers, and/or

(d) sought to escape from police officers who had arrested you

As a result of your conduct you were further arrested for being drunk and disorderly and on 7th March 2019 you received a police caution for the criminal offence of being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

The Panel found the following breaches proven:

Allegation 1 – Authority, Respect and Courtesy.

Allegation 2 – Authority, Respect and Courtesy.

Allegation 3 - Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct.

Allegation 4 - Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct.

Allegation 5 - Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct.

The Panel considered that the only appropriate outcome had he remained a serving officer was dismissal without notice.   

 

Public Misconduct Hearing: 21st – 23rd September 2020

Public Misconduct Hearing:  21st – 23rd September 2020

 A Gross Misconduct Hearing for two former officers will take place between Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd September 2020.

 The hearing will begin at 10:00am Gwent Police Headquarters, Cwmbran, NP44 2XJ.  

 Former PC A will attend a Gross Misconduct Hearing to answer the following allegations:
 

  1. Between 5th March 2018 and 6th March 2019 on the dates set out you met with PC B whilst you were on duty in order to maintain and/or further your personal relationship with them.
  2. On numerous dates unknown between 5th March 2018 and 6th March 2019 whilst you were on duty you had sexual contact with PC B which included inter alia, intercourse and oral sex.
  3. Allegation 3 has been withdrawn by the Appropriate Authority
  4. Allegation 4 has been withdrawn by the Appropriate Authority

It is contended that you have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour. The standards engaged are:

Honesty and Integrity

Authority, Respect and Courtesy

Duties and Responsibilities

Discreditable Conduct.

 Former PC B will attend a Gross Misconduct Hearing to answer the following allegations:

  1. Between 5th March 2018 and 6th March 2019 on the dates set out you met with PC A whilst you were on duty in order to maintain and/or further your personal relationship with them.
  2. On numerous dates unknown between 5th March 2018 and 6th March 2019 whilst you were on duty you had sexual contact with PC A which included inter alia, intercourse and oral sex.
  3. Allegation 3 has been withdrawn by the Appropriate Authority.
  4. Between 5th March 2018 and 6th March 2019 on the dates set out you were met with PC A whilst you were off duty in order to maintain and/or further your personal relationship with them when you knew they were on duty and should not have been conducting themselves as alleged.
  5. Allegation 5 has been withdrawn by the Appropriate Authority
  6. On 3rd March 2019 whilst you were on duty you sent a sexualised photograph of yourself via mobile phone to PC A. 

It is contended that you have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour. The standards engaged are:

Honesty and Integrity

Authority, Respect and Courtesy

Duties and Responsibilities

Discreditable Conduct.

Members of the Panel:

Legally Qualified Chair - Mr Christopher McKay

Police Member: Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough

Independent Member: Mr Malcolm Gay