Cumbria Constabulary will publish information about misconduct meetings and hearings here. Misconduct hearings deal with allegations of gross misconduct by police officers/specials.
Due to new legislation introduced on May 1st 2015, all misconduct hearings should now be held in public to improve transparency and accountability and ensure public confidence. There may be certain circumstances when it will be necessary and appropriate for all or parts of a hearing to be held in private. The identity of victims/witnesses will be protected during the hearing as appropriate.
These matters are heard by a panel of three, most typically chaired by a legally qualified chair, who is assisted by an officer of Superintendent rank and an independent lay person. The facts will be heard by the panel often with the assistance of live witnesses to enable the panel to make a determination. If the officer or special is found to have committed gross misconduct the available sanctions are:
- Management advice
- Written warning
- Final written warning
- Dismissal with notice
- Dismissal without notice
There will be limited seating for members of the press and public. To attend you must apply by emailing the Professional Standards Department with the following details:
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Phone number
- Detail whether member of press or public
When attending a hearing you will be expected to produce photographic ID. These measures are in place to work in accordance with health & safety and security protocols.
Please also note the following information about attending a hearing:
- If you have not registered in advance of the hearing admittance maybe declined
- Anyone who is believed to be a security risk to the force may not be allowed access to the hearing room
- Travel and attendance is in your own time and at your own expense
- Refreshments are not provided and food and drink are not allowed in the hearing room
- Audio and video recordings are not allowed within the hearing room
- Any behaviour that does or is likely to interfere with the proceedings may lead to you being asked to leave
- Those under the age of 16 cannot attend
- Animals will not be permitted into the hearing room apart from guide/assistance dogs