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Police Misconduct Process

The Role of PCCs and their Office

The role of an independent lay member on misconduct panels.  The vast majority of Police Officers, Specials and Police Staff who work for Devon and Cornwall Police demonstrate the high standards of professional behaviour expected by the police force and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Where behaviour falls below the expected standards it is important that the police service is open and accountable.

Police misconduct hearings preside over serious misconduct cases in what is an important aspect of the disciplinary rules that govern the police.

Police and Crime Commissioners have responsibility for the following processes in connection with police misconduct hearings and appeals:

  • They appoint and select the Legally Qualified Chair and the independent lay members who together with an appropriate member of the police force, form the police misconduct panel responsible for hearing police conduct cases.
  • They administrate the process when a police officer appeals against the findings of a police misconduct hearing. This process results in a Police Appeals Tribunal which is chaired by a member of the Queens Counsel selected from a list maintained by the Home Office.  

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