PCCs seek civilian chairs for public police misconduct hearings


The Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent and Thames Valley are seeking legally qualified civilian chairs to preside over police misconduct hearings across the five police force areas.

Disciplinary matters involving police officers and special constables are currently governed by Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012, which was amended earlier this year. The amended regulations state that police misconduct hearings must now be held in public and, from January 2016, they must be presided over by legally qualified chairs. Currently misconduct hearings are supervised by members of the police force. Applications are now being sought from suitably qualified individuals in preparation for the change.

The recruitment process is being carried out collaboratively by the five PCCs in the South East to ensure that the same approach is applied to the chairs’ appointment and training and so the process around police misconduct hearings is managed consistently across the region.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Changes to the legislation around police conduct will, for the first time, give local people the chance to attend police misconduct hearings. This is an essential development in continuing to build public trust and confidence in the police by improving transparency.”

Applicants for the role of panel chair need to demonstrate integrity and independence of mind, commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, sound judgement and an objective approach.

Applicants will be paid a daily rate and expenses. The closing date for applications is midday on Monday 21 September. Further information about the role and how to apply can be found at: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/join-us/.