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Misconduct Hearings

Hertfordshire Constabulary

 

This page provides information on both forthcoming misconduct hearings and the outcome of cases of formal misconduct proceedings.

 

Hertfordshire Constabulary demands the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity from its officers and staff. Where those standards are not met, consideration may be given to instigating misconduct proceedings.


We are committed to transparency and accountability. As such we will publish the outcomes of misconduct meetings, misconduct hearings and also those who resign prior to the conclusion of misconduct proceedings (where it is established that there was a case to answer).


Professional Standards for Hertfordshire Constabulary is overseen by the collaborated Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Professional Standards Department.

 

Misconduct Hearings


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.


Misconduct Meeting


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.


Resignation


Police officers are ordinarily not allowed to resign if they face a misconduct hearing for gross misconduct.


We will publish these outcomes regularly on these web pages.

 

Attending a Hearing


Police Misconduct Hearings are almost always held wholly or partly in public. In respect of forthcoming hearings an individual and specific public notice 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 3 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.

Additionally the chair may set any additional conditions he decides are appropriate to the particular case.


The notice will also give access to a public guidance and advice document which gives practical advice about various matters including an age limit applied to attendance, facilities at the venue and the use of mobile phones.

 

Forthcoming Misconduct Hearings

 

Name of officer concerned – PC Kirk DAWSON

Date of Hearing – 26th & 27th September 2017

To commence at – 0930am

Location - The Old Court House , 4 Saffron Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8DL.

 

Summary of conduct:

On 25th March 2016, PC DAWSON attended a young person’s hostel in which the victim lived. PC DAWSON spoke to the victim in the kitchen and during the course of that conversation and for no lawful reason, PC DAWSON approached the victim and pushed her backwards against the kitchen units. He grabbed her with both hands and entered into a physical struggle. Despite this use of force on a vulnerable young adult PC DAWSON failed to record the matter in his pocket notebook or complete any use of force forms. The particulars of breaches of standards are:

 

a)  Authority, Respect and Courtesy – Failed to act with self-control and tolerance

b)  Use of Force – in that PC DAWSON used force that was not necessary, proportionate or reasonable in the circumstances

c)   Discreditable Conduct – In respect of all above

 

As a result, if proven, PC DAWSON’S conduct amounts to gross misconduct.

 

 

The officer concerned is - DC Stefan Wackett

Date of Hearing - Friday 29th September 2017

To commence at - 2.30pm

Location - Police Headquarters Welwyn Garden City

DC Wackett will appear before this hearing for discreditable conduct and fitness for duty. The circumstances are that on the 31st July 2017 DC Wackett attended a random drug test, where he tested positive for cocaine.

 

Those persons wishing to attend this hearing should register by 5pm on the 27th September 2017 to publichearings@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.

 

Conditions for the hearing which will be held in public:

  • A maximum of 25 people will be welcome to attend the hearing, should a victim or witness wish to remotely view the hearing, this will be facilitated.
  • All those wishing to attend must pre-register their intention to attend at least 3 working days prior to the hearing. Consideration will be given to live-streaming proceedings should numbers exceed 25.
  • The names and addresses of those who are attending must be given with supporting photographic identification on the day.
  • Recognising the levels of Police buildings, bags and people may be searched as a condition of entry

The email address to register intention to attend is - publichearings@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

Misconduct Outcomes

 

Download Adobe PDF Document Misconduct Outcomes - April 2016 to March 2017

 

Download Adobe PDF Document Misconduct Outcomes - April 2016 to September 2016

 

Download Adobe PDF Document Misconduct Outcomes - April 2015 to March 2016