Misconduct Hearings

Date published: 23 April 2021 08:31

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.

DC 141 Ian Hampshire appeared at a misconduct hearing between Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 March 2021.

The officer accepted that he failed to conduct sufficient investigations into multiple allegations of rape and/or sexual assault that took place between 11th May and 19th July 2007; he failed to conduct sufficient investigations into allegations of assault, sexual assault and rape(s) that took place overnight from 19th July to the morning of 20th July 2007; he failed to re-interview the complainant about the alleged assault, sexual assault and rape(s) that took place overnight from 19th July 2007 to the morning of 20th July 2007; and he failed to provide any update to the complainant regarding the allegations and progress of the investigation.

This was part of an independent investigation (Operation Linden) undertaken by the IOPC.  The investigation involving this officer commenced in 2015 and concluded in 2019.

The Officer has admitted that these were breaches of the professional standards of behaviour in respect of Orders and Instructions, Duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct and that this cumulative conduct constituted gross misconduct. The panel concurred that the cumulative conduct was gross misconduct. The panel, chaired by a legally qualified chair and including a senior police officer and an independent member concluded that taking all of the circumstances into consideration, 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.

 

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