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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or calling 01483 638451 during office hours.


Upcoming public police misconduct hearings

There are currently no upcoming police misconduct hearings.

Outcomes of public hearings

Misconduct Hearing Result

On the 16th August 2021, a Misconduct Hearing was held for former officers Police Sergeant 2972 Edwards and Police Constable 3525 Paton. The hearing was held in the officers’ absence as they had both resigned prior to the hearing and had chosen not to attend.

Both former Officers were to answer the following allegations:

  • Between June 2019 and September 2019 they engaged in sexual activity whilst on duty in a Police vehicle in a public space.
  • Whilst doing so they also failed to discharge their professional duties whereby on the 29th September 2019 they failed to attend and offer their assistance to their police colleagues with regard to two victims who had been seriously assaulted. On the same night they also failed to attend and offer their assistance at a burglary. At the time of these incidents there had been nothing preventing both officers attending these calls and assisting their colleagues.
  • Both officers also actively mislead their manager as to the state of their relationship. PS Edwards in conversation with her manager and in the presence and hearing of PC Paton had denied having sex on duty.
  • PC Paton used inappropriate language concerning a former Asian colleague and PS Edwards failed to challenge or report this language. 

The panel found each allegation proven against PS Edwards and PC Paton and that each allegation amounted to Gross Misconduct.

It was agreed that both officers had breached Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of:

  • Discreditable Conduct
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Authority, Respect and Courtesy
  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Challenging and Reporting Improper Conduct
  • Equality and Diversity.

The Panel decided that both officers would have been dismissed if they had not resigned prior to the Hearing. 

Legally Qualified Chair's Adjudication

Upcoming criminal case hearings

There are currently no upcoming criminal case hearings.

Outcomes of criminal case hearings

There are currently no hearing outcomes.