Misconduct Hearings

Date published: 03 December 2020 07:19

Misconduct Hearings and Special Case Hearings are public unless the person chairing the hearing decides to exclude the public from part or all of a sitting.

Only the results of the most recent Misconduct Hearings will be displayed here for a period of 28 days, after which time, the results will be removed. Please see “Misconduct Findings” for all current year and archive misconduct results.

October 2020 - Misconduct Hearing 

The misconduct hearing of PC 2700 Christopher Hawke took place between Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th October 2020.

The panel found that PC Hawke had accessed information through South Yorkshire Police systems without having a legitimate policing purpose for doing so, on 22nd March 2015, 2nd July 2015 and on 10th June 2016.  This was in breach of the standard of professional behaviour relating to Confidentiality.

Further, the panel found that in or around 2018, PC Hawke had possession of confidential police information on his personal mobile phone.  This was in breach of the standard of professional behaviour relating to Confidentiality.

This conduct constituted gross misconduct. The panel, which was chaired by a legally qualified person and included a senior police officer and an independent panel member, decided that the most appropriate outcome was a Final Written Warning.  

Please note that the hearing was held in private as the allegations related to access to police intelligence and the hearing needed  to be in private to protect the sensitive and confidential nature of this information”.

October 2020 - Misconduct Hearing 

An officer has been dismissed without notice, following findings of gross misconduct during disciplinary proceedings held from 19th to 23rd October 2020.

The officer was found to have engaged in sexual conduct with a teenager while on duty some years ago.

The panel (including a legally qualified Chair) has determined that no further details will be published in order to protect the identity of the complainant.

October 2020 - Misconduct Hearing 

PC 3861 Thomas Rogers appeared at a misconduct hearing between Tuesday 29th September and 1st October 2020.

An allegation had been made that on 17/02/18, PC Rogers attended at an address in Sheffield, accompanied by a number of other officers, in respect of a concern that a 2-year-old child had been abducted. The child, his father and other family members were present and the child was being held by his aunt.  It was alleged that PC Thomas applied force to the person holding the child, which was not necessary, proportionate or reasonable in the circumstances.  The behaviour was alleged to have caused alarm and distress to both the child and the person holding him. The officer denied that his use of force breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

The panel, which was chaired by an independent Legally Qualified Chair, and included a senior police officer and a member of the public, determined that the allegation was not proven and no misconduct was found.         

October 2020 - Misconduct Hearing

On 30 May 2017, Officers attended Greenside area of Rotherham where a member of the public was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.  It was alleged that the officer used force to the detainee which was not necessary, proportionate or reasonable in the circumstances.  In particular, by repeatedly punching the detainee to the face, whilst the person was handcuffed in the rear of a police car.

The panel, which was chaired by an independent Legally Qualified Chair, and included a senior police officer and a member of the public, determined that the allegation was NOT proven and no misconduct was found.

November 2020 - Misconduct Hearing

A Misconduct Hearing was held on the 19th and 20th November 2020 in relation to Former PC 2446 Richard Ingman, in respect of  the following allegation:

That between March 2010 and September 2012, the officer breached the Standard of  Professional Behaviour relating to Discreditable Conduct by engaging in an inappropriate relationship and/or communications with a person that he came into contact with in the course of his duties.

The panel, which was chaired by an independent Legally Qualified Chair, and included a senior police officer and a member of the public, determined that the allegation was proven and amounted to gross misconduct . Had the former officer still been serving ,he would have been dismissed without notice.

The former officer has now been placed on the College of Policing Barred List.

November 2020 - Misconduct Hearing

A misconduct Hearing was held for PC Kimberley to answer the following allegations:

That between April 2015 and July 2018, he established and pursued an improper relationship with a person whom he came into contact with during the course of his work and who may have been vulnerable to an abuse of power or trust.

That on 29 January 2019, having established and pursued a relationship with a person whom he came into contact with during the course of his work, he engaged in inappropriate conduct/behaviour with that person whilst on duty in uniform, in a public place.

The panel, which was chaired by an independent Legally Qualified Chair, and included a senior police officer and a member of the public, found that the allegations were proved and determined that the most appropriate outcome was a Final Written Warning.

 

Purpose of Public Misconduct Hearing

Misconduct Hearings are held to present the facts of a case and allow officers the opportunity to explain their conduct and the circumstances surrounding an allegation. Witnesses may also be called to give evidence. The purpose of a Public Hearing is to show that the Police disciplinary system is open and transparent and holds officers in breach of acceptable Standards of Professional Behaviour, or those that found guilty of misconduct, accountable for their actions.

Purpose of Public Special Case Hearing

Special Case Misconduct Hearings are designed to demonstrate that officers are held to account for their actions. However, they are ‘fast track’ procedures, where there is incontrovertible evidence to establish, on the balance of probabilities, the conduct of the officer constitutes gross misconduct and the officer concerned should cease to be a police officer, without delay. For this reason there will be no witness testimony other than from the officer concerned, if they choose to give evidence.

Forthcoming Misconduct Hearings  

Misconduct Hearing Application

Conditions of entry-Hearings-Lifewise

Forthcoming Hearing

Officer's name : Police Constable 2684 Kimberley

Date of hearing : 23rd and 24th November 2020

Time of hearing :10 am

The address at which the hearing will take place :

The Professional Standards Department, Churchill Way, Chapeltown, Sheffield.

PC 2684 Kimberley will attend a Misconduct Hearing to answer allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional behaviour in relation to :

Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct

It is alleged that the Officer’s conduct breached the Standards of Professional behaviour in the following ways:-

That between April 2015 and July 2018, the Officer established and pursued an improper relationship with a person whom he came into contact with during the course of his work and who may have been vulnerable to an abuse of power or trust.

That on 29 January 2019, having established and pursued an improper relationship with a person whom the Officer came into contact with during the course of his work, the officer engaged in inappropriate conduct/behaviour with that person whilst on duty in uniform, in a public place.

Please note that the hearing will be held in private to protect personal sensitive and confidential information of a member of the public in this case.

Forthcoming Hearing

Officer's name : Former Police Constable 2446 Ingman

Date of hearing : 19th and 20th November 2020

Time of hearing :10 am

The address at which the hearing will take place :

The Professional Standards Department, Churchill Way, Chapeltown, Sheffield.

Former PC 2446 Ingman will attend a Misconduct Hearing to answer allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional behaviour in relation to :

Discreditable Conduct

It is alleged that former PC Ingman's conduct breached  the Standards of Professional behaviour in the following ways:-

That between March 2010 and September 2012, the officer engaged in an inappropriate relationship and/or communications with a person that he came into contact with in the course of his duties.

Please note that part of the hearing will be held in private to protect personal sensitive and confidential information of the complainant in this case.

Reporting restrictions may also be made at the discretion of the Chair.

Misconduct Findings

For details of findings from previous misconduct meetings and hearings, please click here.