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
A misconduct hearing will be held in private in respect of a former officer who is alleged to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour of Honesty and Integrity and Duties and Responsibilities. It is alleged that between 2019 and 2020, whilst a serving police officer, the now former officer provided a misleading and dishonest account of his capabilities to his line management and supervision and further repeated this to medical professionals.
The LQC has considered all relevant factors; the need for transparency of the police discipline and/or complaints system and the public interest in the proceedings and the need for transparency, balancing that against other factors existing in this case such as the vulnerability, physical and mental health and/or the welfare of witnesses who may be called to give evidence at the hearing, the physical and mental health and/or welfare of the officer and the welfare of relevant third parties who may be affected by the facts of this case and has determined that the hearing is to take place in private.
Under Regulation 36(5) Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020, press may make representations to the Legally Qualified Chair regarding the matter being heard in private, reasons for exclusions and press restrictions.
Any such representations are to be made in writing by email to: email@example.com within 7 days of this notice being published, and such representations will be passed to the LQC.
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.