The Professional Standards Department (PSD) is responsible for the investigation of all public complaints, whether they are made about Police Officers, Police Staff or Special Constables.
In addition, they investigate the more serious allegations of misconduct involving police officers and special constables. And as well as dealing with complaints, the PSD also accept and pass on commendations.
A Misconduct Hearing is held when an officer faces allegations of gross misconduct. The hearing is conducted by a panel who determine whether there is a case to answer and what the sanction should be. Hearings form part of the disciplinary process and are not criminal proceedings.
The Misconduct Hearing panel consists of an independent Legally Qualified Chair, an independent lay person and a police officer of superintendent rank or above.
From 1st May 2015 Police Misconduct Hearings are held in public, although there may be certain situations where the Legally Qualified Chair determines it necessary and appropriate that all or parts of a hearing are held in private.
Applications to attend a hearing can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org where they will be considered individually. Please note that attendees must agree to comply with the terms outlined in the conditions of entry.