From 1 May 2015, any new cases of police officer gross misconduct may result in hearings that can be attended by the public, including the media. The then Home Secretary, Theresa May, introduced the new regulations to help increase transparency within the police service.

Details of upcoming hearings will be published on this page. Hearings will be published with at least five days’ notice.

About the hearing

Any gross misconduct hearing is heard by a conduct panel. The panel is chaired by legally qualified person independent of the police service, accompanied by a senior police officer and an independent member who is unconnected to the police.

Members of the public can act as observers. Observers are not allowed to participate in proceedings, cannot comment on proceedings and have no involvement in the decision making process which remains with the conduct panel.

The result of the hearing will be published on this website for at least 28 days after the conclusion of the case.

Guidance for observers

Places are limited and will need to be booked in advance, at least 2 working days before the hearing, by emailing PSD@surrey.pnn.police.uk with the below details. To comply with the rules of attendance, observers are required to provide the following when booking:

Name
Date of birth
Address
Contact telephone number

Please also note the following information about attending a hearing:

  • You must produce photographic ID and failure to do so will result in exclusion from the hearing
  • If you have not registered to attend in advance of the hearing, admittance will be declined
  • Travel and attendance is in your own time and at your own expense
  • Parking on police premises is not available
  • Refreshments are not provided and food and drink are not allowed in the hearing room
  • Anyone who is believed to present a security risk to the Force may not be allowed access to police premises and attendees could be searched if it’s felt necessary
  • Audio and video recording is not allowed unless expressly permitted by the hearing Chair
  • Any behaviour that does, or is likely to interfere with the proper conduct of proceedings may result in you being required to leave
  • At the discretion of the Chair, you may be required to leave part of the hearing, as rules governing the conduct of proceedings allow for all or part of the hearing NOT to be held in public
  • Those under the age of 16 cannot attend
  • Animals will not be permitted, with the exception of guide dogs/assistance dogs
  • Wherever possible venues will be selected to allow disabled access but this cannot be guaranteed
  • The Force reserves the right to decline attendance where numbers are restricted due to venue capacity. The Force may also offer places to members of the public who have not previously attended a hearing in favour of those who have already done so
  • Officers and staff of Surrey Police will only be permitted to attend on rest days or whilst off duty

If you have any queries that are not covered above please contact the Professional Standards Department by emailing PSD@surrey.pnn.police.uk or calling 01483 638451 during office hours.


Upcoming public police misconduct hearings

Notification of Misconduct Hearing

(a) Name of officer concerned: Former PC 41021 Charles LEEGOOD

(b) Date(s) of the hearing: Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th January 2020

(c) Time: 10am

(d) Location: Surrey Police HQ, Mount Browne

Conduct that is the subject matter of the case:

 

It is alleged that the above-named officer’s conduct fell below (breached) the Standards of Professional Behaviour in the following ways:

 

1) He inappropriately prioritised stopping to speak to Mr ‘H’ despite already responding to an emergency incident involving a possible threat to life; conduct which, if proved, amounts to a breach of the standard relating to Duties and Responsibilities.

2) He used excessive and disproportionate force during the course of the arrest of Mr ‘H’; conduct which, if proved, amounts to a breach of the standard relating to Use of Force.

3) He deliberately made omissions or misrepresentations regarding his involvement with Mr ‘H’ in his evidential statements; conduct which, if proved, amounts to a breach of the standard relating to Honesty and Integrity.

In respect of breach 1), this conduct alone, if proved, would amount to misconduct. In respect of breaches 2) and 3), each of these are alleged to be so serious that the conduct, if proved, would amount to gross misconduct.

 

Outcomes of public hearings

PC Dean Atkinson-Sturt

Between the 2 and 6 December 2019 a Public Misconduct Hearing was held in relation to Police Constable Dean Atkinson-Sturt following an investigation conducted by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The hearing was to answer allegations that PC Atkinson-Sturt had between December 2008 and March 2010 used his position as a police officer to contact and form an emotional relationship with a 16 year old female.  Furthermore he failed to disclose the full details of the relationship when asked by a Detective Inspector, deliberately downplaying the relationship.

The allegations were found to be proven and amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Authority, Respect and Courtesy, & Discreditable Conduct and Honesty and Integrity. The Panel determined that the breaches amounted to Gross Misconduct and PC Atkinson-Sturt was dismissed from Surrey Police.

All officers and staff are reminded that they are expected to maintain the standards of professional behaviour. These are set out within the Code of Ethics.

If you wish to learn more about the Code of Ethics, the following link will take you to the College of Police website:

http://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do/Ethics/Ethics-home/Pages/Code-of-Ethics.aspx

You may click here for the Full Written Adjudication.