Why have independent misconduct panel members?
The aim of the appointment is to provide reassurance to the community that misconduct matters are properly investigated and proceedings properly adjudicated.
For this reason, members must fully understand what high standards of conduct are expected of police officers. The decisions taken by panels can affect the livelihood of police officers and therefore acting – and being seen to act – with fairness and impartiality is paramount. As individuals members are expected to abide by the strictest levels of integrity, honesty and good conduct in public life, and security clearance (vetting) is a pre-requisite to perform the role.