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Misconduct hearings

Gross misconduct, dismissals and disciplinaries

To increase openness and transparency in the police service, officer Misconduct Hearings will now be 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.

Upcoming public Misconduct Hearings

Tuesday 21 February, 2017 10am at Basildon Magistrate’s and Family Court

PC 75939 Rhys WOOLNER will be the subject of a Misconduct Hearing on Tuesday 21 February 2017. The hearing will be chaired by Legally Qualified Chair Alexandra WARD.

The officer’s conduct is alleged to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in the areas of:

  • Authority, Respect and Courtesy
  • Discreditable Conduct

The Hearing is to be held at Basildon Magistrate’s and Family Court.

Applications to attend have now closed.

Previous hearings and outcomes

Monday 23 January, 2017 - Thursday 26 January, 2017 Harlow Social Security and Child Support Tribunal

Officer: Pc Ames Johnson
Breach of standards of professional behaviour: Confidentiality, Orders & Instructions
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissed without notice

Friday 9th December 2016, Chelmsford County Court 

Officer: Sc
Breach of standards of professional behaviour: Discreditable Conduct and Honesty & Integrity.
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissed

Friday 9th December 2016, Chelmsford County Court 

Officer: Unnamed Officer
Breach of standards of professional behaviour: Authority, Respect & Courtesy, Orders & Instructions, Duties & Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct 
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissed

Monday, December 12 to Friday, December 16, 2016, Chelmsford County Court 

Officer: Dc
Breach of standards of professional behaviour: Authority, Respect & Courtesy, Discreditable Conduct.
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Final Written Warning

Wednesday, October 12 to Friday October 14, 2016, Chelmsford County Court 

Officer: Pc
Breach of standards of professional behaviour: Honesty and integrity, orders and instructions, duties and responsibilities.
Decision: Not proven
Outcome: Management advice given

Tuesday, October 4 to Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Chelmsford County Court

Officer: Dc
Breach of standards of professional behaviour in the areas of confidentiality, duties and responsibilities and honesty and integrity
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissed without notice

Monday August 22,  2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016, Chelmsford County Court

Officer(s): Pc 
Breach of standards of professional behaviour: Honesty and integrity
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissed without notice

Tuesday, June 28 - Friday, July 1, 2016 at Basildon Magistrates' and Family Court

Officer: Pc
Breach of Standards of professional behaviour: Honesty and integrity, duties and responsibilities
Decision: Not proven
Outcome: N/A

Monday 9th May 2016 to Thursday 12th May 2016 Harlow (formally Magistrate’s) Court

Officer(s): Pc and Pc
Breach of standards of professional behaviour: Honesty and integrity
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissed without Notice and placed on Disapproved Register

Wednesday, April 20 to Thursday, March 21 at Basildon family Court

Officers: Pc
Breach of Standards of professional behaviour: Confidentiality and discreditable conduct
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Issued a final written warning

Tuesday, March 22 - Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Basildon Magistrates' and Family Court

Rank: Pc
Breach of Standards of Professional behaviour: Confidentiality and Orders and Instructions
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Issued a final written warning

March 18, 2016 at Basildon Magistrates' and Family Court

Officer: Pc
Breach of Standards of Professional behaviour: Discreditable Conduct
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissed without notice and placed on the Disapproved Register

Tuesday, March 1 to Thursday, March 3, 2016 Basildon Magistrates' and Family Court

Rank: Dc
Breach of Standards of Professional behaviour: Confidentiality, Orders and Instructions and Discreditable Conduct
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Issued a final written warning

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Basildon Magistrates' and Family Court

Rank: Pc
Breach of Standards of Professional behaviour: Honesty & Integrity, Duties & Responsibilities, Discreditable conduct
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissal without notice and placed on Disapproved Register

26th November 2015 Basildon Magistrates' and Family Court

Rank: Pc
Breach of Standards of Professional behaviour: Honesty & Integrity, Discreditable Conduct and Duties & Responsibilities
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissal without notice and placed on Disapproved Register

2nd November 2015 County Court, Harlow

Rank: Dc
Breach of Standards of Professional behaviour: Discreditable Conduct & Orders and Instructions
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissal without notice and placed on Disapproved Register

2nd November 2015 County Court, Harlow

Rank: Pc
Breach of Standards of Professional behaviour: Authority, Respect & Courtesy, Discreditable Conduct, Orders & Instructions
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissal without notice and placed on Disapproved Register

19th October 2015 County Court, Chelmsford

Rank: Pc
Breach of Standards of Professional behaviour: Honesty & Integrity, Discreditable Conduct and Responsibilities
Decision: This Hearing was cancelled as the officer has resigned
Outcome: Placed on Disapproved Register

14th September 2015 Priory Place, Chelmsford

Rank: Dc
Breach of Standards of Professional behaviour: Honesty & Integrity, Confidentiality
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissal without notice and placed on Disapproved Register

23rd July 2015 Chelmsford Police Headquarters

Rank: Dc
Breach of Standards of Professional behaviour: Confidentiality and Discreditable Conduct
Decision: Proven
Outcome: Dismissal without notice and placed on Disapproved Register

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