Gross misconduct, dismissals and disciplinaries
To increase openness and transparency in the police service, officer misconduct hearings are held in public.
Misconduct hearings deal with alleged gross misconduct by police officers on or off duty. They form part of the disciplinary process and are not criminal proceedings.
The decision to hold hearings in public was announced by the Home Secretary in the spring of 2015 and will apply to all cases where an officer was given notice to attend a hearing after 1 May 2015.
How misconduct hearings work
At a hearing the facts are heard by a panel, often with the help of witnesses, to enable a finding to be made. If an officer is found to have committed gross misconduct, depending on the circumstances, the available outcomes are:
- Dismissal without notice
- Final written warning
- Written warning
- Management advice
- No further action
Officers can also be placed on the Disapproved Register when they have left Essex Police. This prevents them from gaining employment as a police officer at any other force in the UK. For more information on police misconduct, visit the Home Office website.
Attending a misconduct hearing
When the date of a misconduct hearing is confirmed, the details will be published below. All misconduct hearings will be held at a central location in Chelmsford unless notified.
Please note the following:
- Members of the public wishing to attend must register in advance of the hearing and provide valid photo identification (eg passport or driving licence).
- Priority will be given to interested parties and attendance will be granted on a ‘first come first served’ basis (up to the capacity of the venue).
- Any restrictions on reporting will be notified in advance of the hearing.
- No photographs, film or sound recording is permitted
- Any conditions particular to an individual hearing will be published on this page in advance of the hearing.
- Where a hearing is adjourned for an extended period attendees will be expected to leave the premises and return at the appointed time.
If you require disabled access, please advise us of your requirements when you register your place.
Please note: In exceptional circumstances the person chairing the hearing can decide that the hearing should be held in private or can exclude anyone from all or part of the hearing at his or her discretion. If a decision is made to hold a hearing in private the reasons will be published below.