From May 2015, misconduct hearings involving police officers should be held in public. The reasons for this are to improve openness and accountability in policing and ensure public confidence.
Hearings will normally be held at North Yorkshire Police Headquarters, Alverton Court, Crosby Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 1BF
Misconduct hearings are conducted by a panel of three people. They are chaired by a legally qualified chair who is referred to as the Panel Chair and will be joined by a police officer of at least superintendent rank, who has also had no previous dealings with the case, and an independent lay person who has been selected from an approved list held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The panel will hear the facts of the case and if an officer is found to have committed gross misconduct the possible outcomes are:
- Final written warning
- Reduction in rank
- Dismissal without notice
Attending misconduct hearings – applications must be submitted by 16:00hrs two working days before first day of the hearing
Notice will be given of forthcoming misconduct hearings so that those wishing to attend may do so. It is North Yorkshire Police’s policy to live stream misconduct hearings to a separate room for members of the public to watch.
Twelve seats have been set aside for members of the public and accredited press reporters/media representatives. Seats are allocated in advance via the North Yorkshire Police website application procedure. You will be required to book as soon as Notice of the hearing is published on the force website via www.northyorkshire.police.uk and applications must be submitted by 16:00hrs two working days before the first day of the hearing.
PLEASE NOTE: Any applications received after this time will not be allocated a seat. Anyone who has not completed the correct application process within the allotted time will be denied entry to the hearing should they arrive on the day.
Result of Previous Misconduct Hearing
The outcomes of previous misconduct panel hearings can be accessed here.
Forthcoming Misconduct Hearings
Notice of Misconduct Hearing in respect of Former Officer 476 Robert Higgs
A misconduct hearing will be held in respect of former officer 476 Higgs, who is alleged to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to: –
- Honesty and Integrity
- Duties and Responsibilities
Date: 20th – 22nd October 2021 (Should the hearing be part heard further dates of 28th and 29th October)
Time: 10:00 hours
Venue: The hearing will take place at the North Yorkshire Police Headquarters, Alverton Court, Crosby Road, Northallerton, DL6 1BF. The Legally Qualified Chair has directed that the hearing will be held in private.
It is alleged that between February 2019 and October 2020 and whilst a serving police officer, former officer 476 Higgs provided a misleading and dishonest account of his capabilities to line management and supervision and further repeated this to medical professionals. Some of the restrictions communicated by the former officer include his inability to undertake any frontline duties, inability to wear police uniform, inability to being exposed to an operational environment including being placed in a pressurised environment which may encounter volatile or spontaneous situations. It is alleged that these indications were untrue or exaggerated.
Having then failed to secure a position in North Yorkshire Police which was acceptable to the former officer, an application was made to the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP). This application indicated that there were no significant limitations on his capabilities, contrary to what line managers, supervision and medical professionals had been advised.
How to Register
Members of the public wishing to attend a forthcoming Misconduct Hearing are asked to register using the form below. Data will be used solely for the purposes of the hearing and will not be retained or passed to any third party. Entry to hearings will be refused to anyone who does not register using the below form. Please ensure that you have read the attached Conditions of Entry (below) before you complete the registration form.
Conditions of entry for the Public and Press attending a Public Misconduct Hearing can be found at the bottom of this page
Places available to the public are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
PLEASE NOTE: Applications must be submitted by 16:00hrs two working days before first day of the hearing. Any applications received after this time will not be allocated a seat. Anyone who has not completed the correct application process within the allotted time will be denied entry to the hearing should they arrive on the day.