What is the differrence between a misconduct meeting and a misconduct hearing?
There are two types of misconduct proceedings:
Misconduct Meeting – for cases where there is a case to answer in respect of misconduct and where the maximum outcome would be a final written warning.
Misconduct Hearing – for cases where there is a case to answer in respect of gross misconduct or where the police officer has a live final written warning and there is a case to answer in respect of a further act of misconduct. The maximum outcome at this hearing would be dismissal from the police service without notice.
From 1 May 2015, misconduct hearings may be held in public. A notice advertising a hearing must be published by the Force on its website at least five working days before the day on which the hearing is to take place. The advert will name the officer subject of the hearing, and will mention the subject matter of the investigation, unless such disclosure is deemed inappropriate.