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

Notification of Misconduct Hearing

(a) Name of officer concerned: Ex – PC 41021 Charles LEEGOOD

(b) Date(s) of the hearing: Thursday 19 & Friday 20 September 2019 

(c) Time: 10am

(d) Location: Surrey Police HQ, Mount Browne

Conduct that is the subject matter of the case:

a) Inappropriately prioritised stopping to speak to Mr ‘H’ despite already responding to an emergency incident involving a possible threat to life.

b) Used excessive and disproportionate force during the course of the arrest of Mr ‘H’.

c) Deliberately made omissions or misrepresentations regarding his involvement with Mr ‘H’ in his evidential statements.

Such behaviour amounts to a breach of the following Standards of Professional Behaviour; Duties and Responsibilities, Use of Force and Honesty & Integrity. 

 

 

Notification of Misconduct Hearing

(a) Name of officer concerned: PC 40157 WALTERS

(b) Date(s) of the hearing: Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th September 2019

(c) Time: 10am

(d) Location: Surrey Police HQ, Mount Browne

Conduct that is the subject matter of the case:

 

On the evening of 16 September 2017, PC WALTERS was on duty with three other Constables.   During the course of PC WALTER’S duties, he was involved in the arrest and restraint of a male Mr A

On the night of arrest, PC WALTERS completed a use of force form and a witness statement outlining the circumstances surrounding Mr A’s arrest. In that statement, PC WALTERS describe both himself and his colleagues using force to restrain Mr A.

Mr A subsequently made a complaint about the manner of his arrest. In response to the complaint, PC WALTERS made three separate statements at the request of the IOPC. In particular, PC WALTERS provided a statement on the 24 November 2017 in which he stated that: “I could hear what I believed to be A/PS FITZGIBBON deliver a single strike to Mr A, I did not directly see this and could not say where the strike landed and what type of strike it was. I however could see A/PS FITZGIBBON in my peripheral vision on my left and the movement of the body and dull thud lead me to believe a strike was delivered”.

PC WALTERS also provided a second statement on the 24 November 2017 where he stated: “I could make out A/PS FITZGIBBON in my peripheral vision to my left but was not aware of what he was doing at this time”.

PC WALTERS had been warned to give evidence at Constable FITZGIBBONS trial by the prosecution but were unable to attend due to illness.

On the 4 January 2019 Constable FITZGIBBON was convicted and found guilty of assaulting Mr A  at Westminster Magistrates Court and on 18 January 2019, was sentenced to 180 hours unpaid work with a 12 month community order.  He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge. 

On 14 January 2019 after Constable FITZGIBBONS conviction but before he was sentenced PC WALTERS had a face-to-face conversation with a fellow officer at approximately 6.40 am. It is alleged that during the course of this conversation, PC WALTERS stated that Constable FITZGIBBON ‘had struck ‘Mr A’ a number of times in fact about 6 and that he had in fact to lean over to shield Mr A from the punches from PC FITZGIBBON’. 

PC WALTERS advised the officer that he did not want to get PC FITZGIBBON into trouble.

It is therefore alleged, that PC WALTERS has provided misleading and false information in his statements of 24 November 2017 and he did not act at any stage prior to the prosecution of Constable FITZGIBBON to amend his account.

This conduct if proven would amount to a breach of the following Standards of Professional Behaviour; Honesty & Integrity. 

 

Outcomes of public hearings

There are no outcomes at this point.