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 no upcoming hearings.

Outcomes of public hearings

On Monday 17 May 2021, PC A appeared at an accelerated gross misconduct hearing to answer allegations that they had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct.

The allegations were admitted by the officer and were found proven as gross misconduct by Chief Constable Gavin Stephens. The officer was dismissed without notice.

The allegations related to the officer’s possession on their phone of two moving images that met the definition of extreme pornography (bestiality). Possession of extreme pornography is a criminal offence.

PC A has since been cautioned for one count of possession of extreme pornography.

The images had been sent to the officer approximately three months apart. The officer failed to report receipt of the images or seek guidance. In relation to one, the officer made a joke about it in a following message instead of challenging the sender. In relation to the second, the officer had forwarded the moving image onto two acquaintances.

In this case the circumstances were found to constitute serious gross misconduct, were capable of amounting to a criminal offence, and were repeated.

Chief Constable Stephens considered colleagues and communities would expect officers to investigate such offences, and not to engage in them, even in an ‘unthinking’ way.


Upcoming criminal case hearings

There are currently no upcoming criminal case hearings.


Outcomes of criminal case hearings

There are currently no hearing outcomes.