Misconduct hearings are held to present the facts of the case and allow the person to give an explanation of their conduct and the circumstances surrounding the allegation. Witnesses may also be called to give evidence.
The purpose of a public hearing is to show that our disciplinary system is open and transparent. It will demonstrate that we do hold officers who breach the standards of professional behaviour, or those where misconduct is found proven, accountable for their actions.
Who can attend?
Any member of the public or press can make a request to attend a misconduct hearing, provided they’re 18 or over.
We allocate places at the hearing on a first-come-first-served basis. You can apply using our booking form.
Please note that the Chair may also decide to impose other conditions before or during the hearing.
Apply to attend a hearing
To request a place at a hearing, please view the upcoming hearings and complete the quick and simple form. If a place is available we’ll send you a confirmation email.
We can’t reimburse any expenses you incur by attending.
Changes to expect
Occasionally, a misconduct hearing is not held in public or only a part is heard in public. To decide this, the Chair takes into account:
whether it interferes with the prevention or detection of crime
the welfare of parties involved
If the Chair decides that the evidence to be given by a witness or anyone else should not be disclosed in public, they’ll ask that the public be removed from the hearing.