4. Misconduct hearings
Misconduct hearings are held to present the facts of the case and allow officers to give an explanation of their conduct and the circumstances surrounding the allegation. Witnesses may also be called to be give evidence.
The purpose of a public hearing is to show that the Police disciplinary system is open and transparent, and will demonstrate that we do hold officers that breach the Standards of Professional Behaviour, or those that are found guilty of misconduct, accountable for their actions.
Misconduct hearings are carried out by a panel made up of an independent, legally qualified chair, an independent member, and a senior police officer who also provides guidance on any police-related matters.
The chair, and the panel’s decision, is independent and based on the evidence given.
Allegations involving an abuse of position are referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct for investigation.
Further information on misconduct hearings can be found here.
Attendance at a hearing must be booked in advance by emailing the Norfolk and Suffolk Professional Standards Department at [email protected].
Spaces at the hearing are limited and will be given to members of the public on a first come first served basis.
Should you be successful in securing a place at the hearing, your place will be confirmed by email.
All members of the public who attend the hearing are required to bring a form of photograph identification.
Member of the public and/or their belongings may be searched.
The taking of photographs and the use of film or sound recording is prohibited.
Restrictions on reporting any details from the proceedings may be imposed by the person chairing the proceedings.
Any expenses for attendance must be met by the applicant, and please note some cases may be cancelled at short notice without being able to notify the applicant.
Formal outcomes of misconduct or special case hearings will be published on this page.
Notices of public hearings will be posted on this web page 5 working days prior to the hearing taking place.