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.

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.

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

Date of birth
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 or calling 01483 638451 during office hours.

Upcoming public police misconduct hearings

There are currently no upcoming hearings.

Outcomes of public hearings

Gross Misconduct Hearing - PC James RUSSELL

A police officer has been dismissed after being found guilty of gross misconduct following a hearing earlier this month.

PC James Russell, 28, was dismissed on 5 May after being found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour and discreditable conduct but then had 10 working days to appeal this decision, which expired on the 19 May 2021.

The accelerated misconduct hearing was held after PC Russell was found guilty of domestic assault following a one-day trial at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on 5 March 2021.

He was fined £959 after being convicted of common assault following an incident in Surbiton in July 2020.

The court heard how Russell had become involved in an argument with his partner after he had spent the afternoon of 22 July 2020 drinking at a public house in Maple Road, Surbiton. The argument escalated and Russell was witnessed assaulting the victim by a number of members of the public. The incident was also captured on CCTV.

Russell was arrested at the scene by the Metropolitan Police and subsequently summonsed to court following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Russell was suspended from duties following his arrest.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Alison Barlow said: “Violent behaviour of any nature will not be condoned, least of all by our own police officers, who play a vital role in building and maintaining trust and confidence in our local communities. Unfortunately one case has the ability to undermine the good work we see our teams doing every day to protect the public.
Any allegations made against our officers or staff will always be treated seriously and fully investigated. It doesn’t matter that they are a police officer - they will always be held accountable for their actions and will have to face the consequences.”

Upcoming criminal case hearings

There are currently no upcoming criminal case hearings.


Outcomes of criminal case hearings

There are currently no hearing outcomes.