From 1st May 2015, to improve openness and accountability in policing and ensure public confidence, misconduct hearings involving police officers should be held in public.
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.
Hearings will normally be held at Avon and Somerset Police HQ, Valley Road, Portishead, BS20 8QJ.
The hearings will be chaired most typically by a chief officer who is accompanied on the panel by an officer of superintendent rank and an independent lay person.
From 1 January 2016 these arrangements will change and the Chair of the panel will be drawn from a list of legally qualified individuals who are independent of the police.
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: