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

There are currently no upcoming public hearings.

Outcomes of public hearings

12 April 2019 - PC Kevin Payne (3526)

On 12 April 2019 a Public Misconduct Hearing was held in relation to former Police Constable 3526 Kevin Payne. 

Please click here to read the full written adjudication.

The Hearing, held in Mr Payne’s absence, was to answer allegations that whilst employed as a Surrey Police Officer Mr Payne failed to attend his duties on sixteen separate occasions and had not sought authorisation for absence, reported his non-attendance to a line manager nor provided any alternative account for his absence. It was also alleged that the former officer falsified Pocket Notebook entries by indicating that he had taken authorised leave on a number of these occasions.

Fifteen of the sixteen allegations of unauthorised absence were found to be proven and amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Duties and Responsibilities and Orders and Instructions. The Panel additionally found that the former officer had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Honesty and Integrity.

The Panel determined that the breaches amounted to Gross Misconduct and Mr Payne would have been dismissed if he had not ceased to be a member of Surrey Police. 

Police Officers and Police Staff are reminded of their responsibility to abide by Police Regulations, be diligent in the exercise of their duties and responsibilities and to be honest and act with integrity at all times.

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