In accordance with new legislation to improve openness and accountability in policing and ensure public confidence, misconduct hearings involving police officers should now be held in public.
If the Chair of the panel decides there are circumstances where this is not appropriate, or where certain parts of the hearing need to be in private, we will give adequate notice and explain the reasons why.
The hearings will be chaired by a Chief Officer the majority of the time.
From 1 January 2016 these arrangements will change and the Chair of the panel will be drawn from a list of legally qualified individuals who are independent of the police.
In a misconduct hearing, the panel will hear the facts of the case, often with the assistance of live witnesses to help them make a determination. If the officer is found to have committed gross misconduct the sanctions available to the panel are:
- Dismissal without notice
- Dismissal with notice
- Final written warning
- Written warning
- Management advice
Public attendance at the hearings
The hearings will normally be held at Wiltshire Police Headquarters, London Road, Devizes, SN10 2DN.
Notice of the hearings will be published five working days in advance of the start of the hearing.
View details of Forthcoming misconduct hearings.
View details of Conditions of attendance.
View details of Misconduct hearing outcomes