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 public police misconduct hearings.

Outcomes of public hearings

From 9th – 11th December 2020, a Gross Misconduct hearing was held in respect of allegations that a former officer had entered into a conversation where they discussed matters of a sexual nature with a colleague; referred to her as “naughty” and “yummy” and showed her an image of his penis.

The former officer accepted that he had entered into a sexualised conversation with his colleague; shown her a picture of his penis and used the terms “naughty” and “yummy” in the conversation, but denied that he used these terms to describe his colleague. The former officer did not accept that his conduct amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

The panel found each allegation proven against the former officer, with the exception of the context in which the word “naughty” was used, and that each allegation amounted to Misconduct. The panel found that the Standards of Professional Behaviour in regard to Discreditable Conduct and Authority, Respect and Courtesy were breached. Because the former officer is no longer serving, he received no sanction.

Upcoming criminal case hearings

A police officer pleaded not guilty to domestic assault when he appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on 24 November.

James Russell, 28, of Walton-upon-Thames, was summonsed for domestic assault after being arrested by the Metropolitan Police following an incident in Surbiton.

He is due to stand trial in March – date and court to be confirmed.


A police officer has been summonsed for assault by beating following an incident in a custody centre in Guildford.

Terry Fry, 54, of Farnborough, Hampshire, was interviewed under caution on 4 September 2020.

He is due to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 27 January 2021.


Outcomes of criminal case hearings

There are currently no hearing outcomes.