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Police misconduct process

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

Changes are expected in Spring 2024 following new legislation that changes the composition of the panel, and these changes are expected to take effect in the Autumn of 2024.  The information on this page will be updated when the new legislation takes effect. 

Police and Crime Commissioners have responsibility for the following processes in connection with police misconduct panels 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 King's Counsel selected from a list maintained by the Home Office.