Misconduct Hearings

Misconduct hearings, relating to cases of gross misconduct, for police officers will be held in public. Details of future misconduct hearings will be published on this page.

The Hearing

The person chairing or conducting a misconduct hearing will consider the evidence in the case which may include hearing evidence from witnesses.

A determination will be made based on the circumstances and if the officer has a case to answer the person chairing or conducting the hearing will consider what sanction to impose.

Depending on the circumstances the officer may be dismissed without notice, receive a written or final written warning or management advice. The person chairing or conducting the hearing may use their discretion to exclude the public from all or part of the hearing in certain circumstances. The hearing may also be adjourned and reconvene on a future date and time.

Attending a Misconduct Hearing

Details of the date and time of the hearing, together with the venue will be published below. Venues will have limited capacity and as such entry will be on a 'first come first served basis'. The use of filming, photographic or recording equipment will not permitted during the hearing, neither will be the use of other mobile devices. Other restrictions may apply at the discretion of the person chairing or conducting the misconduct hearing.

Future Misconduct Hearings

Officer Date and Time Venue Allegation
 

 

 

 

Details of future misconduct hearings will be published at least 5 days before the hearing.

Misconduct Outcomes (cases of gross misconduct and misconduct)

 

Date

Breach of Standards

Outcome

Oct 2017

Orders and Instructions (on duty) by a police officer 

Management Advice

Oct 2017

Breach of the standard of professional behaviour relating to duties and responsibilities. Constable Middleton faced an allegation that he failed to act appropriately in respect to a disclosure of a criminal offence made by a vulnerable female he had located in Chester city centre after she had been reported missing from the North Wales Police area. No case to answer

Sept 2017

Breach in the confidentiality standard by a member of police staff (systems misuse)

Final Written Warning

Sept 2017

Breach of the standard of professional behaviour relating to authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct. Constable Jones faced an allegation that he brought discredit on the police service as a result of  being arrested for drunken and abusive behaviour towards officers from Staffordshire Police whilst he was off duty.

Final Written Warning

Sept 2017

Breach of the standard of professional behaviour relating to authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct. Constable John faced an allegation that he behaved in an inappropriate manner and attempted to form an improper relationship with a female he came into contact with, through the course of his duties and knew to be vulnerable.

As a result of legal findings the case did not proceed

July 2017

Authority, respect and courtesy (on duty) by a staff member

Dismissed

July 2017

Use of force, duties and responsibilities and authority, respect and courtesy (on duty) by a police officer.

Final written warning

July 2017

Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Discreditable Conduct and Confidentiality (on and off duty) by a police officer (Inspector 2960 Woods), the officer allegedly having pursued a course of conduct which caused colleagues distress and accessed Cheshire Police systems without a policing purpose.

No case to answer

 

Date

Breach of Standards

Outcome

March 2017

Duties and responsibilities (on duty) by a police officer

Management action.  

February 2017

Duties and responsibilities (on duty and off duty) in respect of three officers.

Written warning, management advice and no further action.

January 2017

Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct and Confidentiality (off duty) by a police officer (Special Constable 80930 Clark), the officer having been involved in a domestic related assault.

Dismissed

December 2016

Discreditable conduct (off duty) by a police officer

Final written warning

October 2016

 

Duties and responsibilities (on duty) by a police officer

Written warning

August 2016

Discreditable conduct (off duty) by a police officer

Written warning

August 2016

Honesty and Integrity and Duties and Responsibilities (on duty) by a police officer (Detective Constable 4682 Jacques), the officer having allegedly not acted appropriately during a trial at Chester Crown Court.

No case to answer

 July 2016

Honesty and Integrity and Duties and Responsibilities (off duty) by a police officer (Constable 5178 Forshaw), the officer having participated in an offence of theft (shoplifting) whilst in company with her partner in February 2015, and then having failed to report the matter.

Dismissed without notice

July 2016

Discreditable Conduct (off duty) by a constable (Constable GRIFFIN), having been arrested and convicted of a domestic related assault.

Dismissed without notice

June 2016

Honesty and Integrity by a Police officer (PC Trow), the officer having been untruthful to his Supervisors in relation to activities whilst on sick leave

Dismissed without notice

June 2016

Excessive Use of Force by a Constable

Written warning

May 2016 (following public hearing)

Discreditable Conduct (on duty) by a Constable (Police Constable Jordan), having been convicted of assault

Dismissed without notice

May 2016 (following public hearing)

Honesty and integrity by a police officer (Constable White), relating to the veracity of information provided to solicitors dealing with a personal injury claim on behalf of the police officer 

Dismissed without notice

April 2016

Honesty and Integrity (on duty) by a police officer (Constable Wong), the officer having amended a medical note

Dismissed without notice

April 2016

Authority, respect and courtesy (off duty) by a Constable

Written warning

 

 

Lessons Learnt

The Constabulary uses the information from complaint and misconduct investigations, and other review mechanisms to identify learning in order to improve operational effectiveness and the service we deliver to the public. Published below are details of organisational learning which have been identified.

Date

Background

Learning

May 2016

Use of police powers to gain entry to premises where concerns are raised for the wellbeing of the occupants.

Learning for officers with regard the use of statutory police powers and case law.

September 2015

The death of an individual who had previously (four days prior) been arrested and detained in custody.

Internal forms which detail the use of force by an officer should be amended to allow for extra detail to be included.

Learning for officers and staff to ensure terminology with regard to the use of force (within custody records) is defined.

Learning for custody officers to record the exact degree of force used within the custody record.  

August 2015

Collision involving a police vehicle.

Learning for operational commanders to ensure appropriate resources are considered and are available to deal with planned operations.

July 2015

Identification of officers in 'plain clothes'.

Learning for officers to ensure they show appropriate police identification to members of the public.

June 2015

Sudden death of a vulnerable person.

Learning for police call handlers to review discontinued telephone calls to ensure the call is appropriately assessed and consider other methods to identify the caller and location of the call.

May 2015

Death of a male who was taken unwell during the execution of a search warrant at a private address.

Learning to ensure first aid training for officers includes guidance re 'choking'.

Learning to ensure officers receive first aid training on a 12 monthly basis. 

May 2015

Police response in respect of reported concerns for the welfare of an individual.

Learning for the force control centre to consider the deployment of resources and the prioritisation of incidents.

April 2015

Failure to provide relevant updates following the arrest of an individual for breach of bail.

Learning for officers to provide appropriate updates.