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Misconduct Hearings

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To improve openness and accountability in policing and ensure public confidence, misconduct hearings involving police officers are held in public.  A notice will be published at least five working days prior to the hearing.  

In circumstances where this is not appropriate, or where certain parts of the hearing need to be in private, we will give adequate notice and explain the reasons why.

Hearing process

Hearings will normally be held at Police & Fire Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead, BS20 8QJ.

The hearing will be conducted by a panel, chaired by an Independent Legally Qualified Chair (LQC).

The other panel members will be an officer of at least the rank of Superintendent and an independent lay person selected from an approved list held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC)

The panel will hear the facts of the case, often with the assistance of live witnesses. If the officer is found to have committed gross misconduct the possible outcomes are:

  • Dismissal without notice
  • Dismissal with notice
  • Final written warning
  • Written warning
  • Management advice

Upon the conclusion of the hearing, the Chair will decide whether to publish an outcome notice in relation to the proceedings.  A copy of all recent outcome notices can be found here.