Police Gross Misconduct Hearings
Disciplinary matters involving police officers and special constables are currently governed by Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020. From 1 May 2015, any cases of police officer misconduct may result in hearings that can be attended by the public, including the media.
Details of upcoming hearings will be published in advance on the Lancashire Constabulary Website. The regulations state that police gross misconduct hearings must be held in public and be presided over by a Legally Qualified Chair (LQC).
The LQC will make a decision on whether the hearing will be held in public, in private or part public/private and wherever possible should state why.
Lancashire Constabulary are responsible for organising the hearings, with most held at Ormskirk Police Station. More information can be found by accessing the following above link.
The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Lancashire is responsible for the appointment and training of the LQC and the Independent Panel Member.
Lancashire currently has a list of 18 LQCs available to sit on gross misconduct hearings. These appointments have been made on a regional basis, in partnership with the PCCs from Cumbria, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
The LQCs for all gross misconduct hearings in Lancashire are selected from this list by the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, using a rota system to ensure fairness.
Following the Gross Misconduct hearing Lancashire Constabulary also publish the outcome.
Police Appeals Tribunals
Police Appeals Tribunals (PATs) hear appeals against the findings of gross misconduct brought by police officers or special constables. PATs are currently governed by Police Appeals Tribunal Rules 2020.
Members of the public can attend appeal hearings as observers but are not allowed to participate in proceedings. The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Lancashire is responsible for appointing the chair to conduct the proceedings.
Booking to attend a Police Appeals Tribunal
Places are limited and will need to be booked in advance, preferably at least 48 hours before the hearing. Details of how to do this will be published with each hearing date. To comply with the rules of attendance, observers are required to provide the following when booking:
- email address
- contact telephone number
To book a place at a forthcoming hearing please email: email@example.com
The Office of the PCC for Lancashire
County Hall Preston
Details of officers and special constables and staff members who have been dismissed for conduct matters are published by the College of Policing unless certain exemptions apply.
To search the barred list for people who have been dismissed from policing through the Police Conduct and Performance Regulations and to read about the advisory list, and how both lists are used and maintained pleas use the following link to the College of Policing Website.