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Police Appeals Tribunals

Police Appeals Tribunals (PATs) hear appeals against the findings of gross (serious) misconduct brought by police officers or special constables. PATs are currently governed by Police Appeals Tribunal Rules 2012, which were amended in 2015. The amendments set out what may be published in respect of appeal hearings and allows for the appeal hearings to be held in public.

Members of the public can now attend appeal hearings as observers but are not allowed to participate in proceedings. In circumstances where this is not appropriate, or where certain parts of the hearing need to be in private, adequate notice will be given and the reasons why will be explained.

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall is responsible for appointing the chair to conduct the proceedings.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance, preferably at least 48 hours before the hearing. Details of how to do this will be published with each hearing date. To comply with the rules of attendance, observers are required to provide the following when booking:

  • name
  • email address
  • contact telephone number

To book a place at a forthcoming hearing please email: opcc@dc.police.uk

Full details of the conditions of entry to Police Appeal Tribunals can be read here.

Upcoming Appeals

Currently there are no upcoming appeals.

Outcomes

View the outcomes and findings of Police Appeals Tribunals relating to Police Officers.

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 Force and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

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

With this in mind, if a Police Officer or Special appeals after their Misconduct Hearing then the appeal outcome will be published below.

Outcomes of previous hearings

There are currently no outcomes to be published.