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.
PC Lewis Mack, PC Sam Butler and PC Ian Gould
Monday, 12 April 2021
The hearing will take place at The Focolare Centre, 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6JG.
Monday, 12 April 2021. The hearing is expected to last three days and will sit between 10am and 4.30pm each day
Reasons for the hearing
PC Lewis Mack, PC Sam Butler and PC Ian Gould are Hertfordshire Constabulary Constables.
It is alleged that the officers breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour concerning Honesty and Integrity because the officers abused their position as police officers by driving a member of the public’s vehicle for their own pleasure and/or interest, exceeded the speed limit without any good reason and failed to stop or challenge their colleagues from driving the vehicle for their own pleasure and/or interest and exceeding the speed limit without any good reason.
It is alleged that the officers breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour concerning Duties and Responsibilities because the officers were not diligent in the exercise of their duties in that they drove the vehicle for their own pleasure and/or interest and exceeded the speed limit without any good cause.
It is alleged that the officers breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour concerning Authority, Respect and Courtesy because by driving the vehicle in the manner that they did, they failed to act with self-control and failed to treat the vehicle owner with respect and courtesy. By engaging in a discussion about driving the vehicle during which the word ‘Shotgun’ or similar was used the officers have failed to treat the vehicle owner with respect and courtesy.
It is alleged that the officers have discredited the police service and undermined public confidence in it because a reasonable member of the public would be justifiably appalled to learn that a police officer had abused their position and their powers by behaving in a manner that the officers did.
It is alleged that the breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour, if proved, both singularly and collectively amount to Gross Misconduct.
Conditions for the hearing
- The hearing is to be held in public and is open to the general public; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules, it will only be possible to accommodate limited numbers. This will allow for at least one media representative.
- Given the current guidance in relation to social distancing, it may not be possible to accommodate all expressions of interests in relation to the general public and the media. If this is the case, seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
- Anyone wishing to attend must give notice to the Appropriate Authority of his/her intention by 4pm on 8 April 2021. This intention must be emailed.
- The person attending the hearing must produce a valid means of identification in order to gain admission.
- The taking of photographs and the use of film or sound recording equipment during the hearing is prohibited save for official use.
- Bags and people may be searched as a condition of entry into the hearing venue.
- Do not attend if unwell or self-isolating.
- Any person attending must abide by any current restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 virus and should bring face masks for wearing in public and communal areas. At present there is no facility to purchase refreshments.
- Additional conditions may be imposed by the hearing chair in advance of, or during, the hearing.
- A report will be available following the conclusion of the hearing upon request.
PS Michael Grigg
Monday, 15 March 2021
On Monday 15March, Chief Constable Charlie Hall dismissed Police Sergeant Grigg without notice and placed him on the barred list with the College of Policing.
Grigg’s behaviour was assessed as Gross Misconduct for a Breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour namely, Discreditable Conduct, Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Duties and Responsibilities and Honesty and Integrity
It had been alleged that between 17 August 2008 and 17 August 2010, whilst employed by Hertfordshire Constabulary as a police officer and also as a Hertfordshire Cadet Leader, PS Grigg committed sexual acts on a female cadet aged under 16 years, known as Ms C. In June 2019, Ms C reported the allegations to Hertfordshire Constabulary and these allegations were criminally investigated. In April 2020, PS Grigg was charged with committing sexual acts on Ms C.
On 11 December 2020, following a full Crown Court trial, PS Grigg was convicted of two counts of Penetrative Sexual Activity with Ms C and on 15 December 2020, PS Grigg was sentenced to 6-and-a-half-years imprisonment. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.
Chief Constable Hall said, “As a cadet leader he held a position of trust over a vulnerable child but abused this trust in the most appalling way against all moral and ethical standards; committing criminal acts, at a time when he was required to uphold the highest standards.
"He is entirely culpable for his actions, he, and he alone, chose to do this and to do this knowingly.
"It is entirely unacceptable for officers to break the law. He has used his professional position to initiate sexual relations with a vulnerable person, a child, which is a most outrageous and serious breach of trust, so serious that in the view of the Crown Court to justify a lengthy prison sentence.
"In terms of harm, his behaviour will have undoubtably caused emotional harm to his vulnerable victim. He has also caused substantial harm to Hertfordshire Constabulary and the police service in general.
"The Cadet Scheme is operated by the Constabulary with all good intentions of support and developing young people whilst improving relationships with the community.
“Grigg’s action are so enormously serious that he has been sentenced to six and half years in prison. His conduct has been outrageous and damaging for the Constabulary and the confidence so many of us work so hard to build and maintain amongst the public.
"His conduct is a million miles away from what is acceptable or expected of police officers and he has proven himself to be a disgrace to his colleagues and the profession.”