We demand the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity from our officers and staff. Where those standards are not met, consideration may be given to instigating misconduct proceedings by the collaborated Professional Standards Department.
Where the officer/member of staff faces allegations of gross misconduct they would attend a misconduct hearing. If they are found to have breached the relevant standards of professional behaviour they may be dismissed.
Where the officer/member of staff faces allegations of misconduct they would attend a misconduct meeting. If they are found to have breached the relevant standards of professional behaviour the maximum penalty would be a final written warning.
Police officers are allowed to resign if they face a misconduct hearing for gross misconduct.
Attending a hearing
Misconduct hearings are almost always held wholly or partly in public.
Forthcoming hearings' public notices will be accessible from this site. The notice provides information about the hearing including how to apply to attend. It also gives details of any exclusions or attendance conditions which have been set by the person who is to chair the hearing.
In the event that the chair of the hearing sets conditions for public attendance the below may apply:
- Any person wishing to attend the hearing must register their details in advance. Failure to register will lead to entry being declined. The registration facility will close three working days before the hearing.
- Members of the public are required to be in possession of valid photographic identification upon arrival and produce it upon request. Failure to do so will lead to entry being declined.
- Public attendees are prohibited from using any sound or film recording equipment at the hearings or taking photographs of the proceedings.
- Members of the public attending the hearing do so at their own expense.
- Any person whose behaviour is deemed likely to disrupt proceeding may be excluded.
The chair may set any additional conditions he decides are appropriate to the particular case.
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At a misconduct panel overseen by an independent chair on the 21 September, Police Sergeant Ricki Vaughan was found for Gross Misconduct and dismissed from the Constabulary.
It was found that PS Vaughan had:
- Used his position by forming and/or attempting to form relationships with members of the public who he met through his work.
- Failed to treat colleagues and/or members of the public with courtesy and respect.
- Had behaved in a discriminatory way towards colleagues.
- Had regularly spoken about women in a disrespectful way.