Misconduct Hearings

Date published: 11 February 2021 09:55

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.

Misconduct Hearing Result

On 2 February 2021, PC 210 Atkin resigned.

On 3 February 2021, former PC 201 Atkin was the subject of an Accelerated Misconduct Hearing which was chaired by Chief Constable Watson.

It was alleged that the officer breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to “Confidentiality” and Discreditable Conduct in that:

The officer shared a number of photographs whilst on duty, containing personal and sensitive information of members of the public, crime scenes and documentation. Many had a number of distasteful, inappropriate and unprofessional comments attached.

At the conclusion of the Hearing the Chief Constable found both allegations proved and determined that the officer would have been dismissed without notice if still serving.

 

 

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

Misconduct Findings

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