Misconduct hearings and outcomes

Thames Valley Police publish information about public misconduct or special case hearings and all misconduct hearing outcomes.

Misconduct hearings

In accordance with legislation, all misconduct or special case hearings are held in public to improve transparency and accountability and ensure public confidence – unless a private hearing is directed by the Chair.

Misconduct hearings are heard by a panel of three, consisting of a legally qualified Chair who will be assisted by a senior police officer and an independent lay person. The facts will be heard by the panel, often with the assistance of live witnesses to enable the panel to make a determination. If the officer is found to have committed gross misconduct the available sanctions are:

  • Dismissal without notice
  • Dismissal with notice
  • Final Written Warning
  • Written warning
  • Management advice

Forthcoming misconduct hearings

Special case misconduct hearing – Former Officer A – 3 May 2018

A Special Case Misconduct hearing will be chaired by the Chief Constable Francis Habgood in connection with a former Thames Valley Police officer.

It is alleged that between 3 January 2015 and 14 October 2015 Officer A breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour by using the Police National Computer and Thames Valley Police’s Niche database, and information from them, for a non-policing purpose.

It is alleged this amounted to gross misconduct and breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Confidentiality and Discreditable Conduct.

The hearing is due to take place at 1pm on 3 May 2018 at Thames Valley Police’s headquarters, in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2NX.

Available space will limit numbers of the public attending to six people including members of the media. If you wish to attend you will be required to pre-register by 4pm on 2 May, 2018 by emailing professional.standards@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Anyone who has not pre-registered will not be allowed in the hearing.

No recording or filming of the proceedings is allowed and attendees may be searched prior to entry.

Please note there are no parking or refreshment facilities available at police headquarters.

Notes to editors
Officer A, who was based in Slough, retired from the force with effect from 30 April 2018.

 

Special case misconduct hearing – Former officer PC 4870 Ryan Field – 3 May 2018

A Special Case Misconduct hearing will be chaired by the Chief Constable Francis Habgood in connection with a former Thames Valley Police officer.

Pursuant to Regulation 43(2) of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 (as amended by the Police (Conduct, Complaints and Misconduct and Appeal Tribunal) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, PC Ryan Field’s conduct is alleged to amount to gross misconduct.

This is in connection with an incident during the early hours of Sunday 18 February 2018 in which PC Field was ejected from a nightclub in Banbury, was restrained by door staff, one of whom was kicked in his shin.

It is alleged this behaviour amounts to Discreditable Conduct.

The hearing is due to take place at 3pm on 3 May 2018 at Thames Valley Police’s headquarters, in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2NX.

Available space will limit numbers of the public attending to six people including members of the media. If you wish to attend you will be required to pre-register by 4pm on 2 May, 2018 by emailing professional.standards@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Anyone who has not pre-registered will not be allowed in the hearing.

No recording or filming of the proceedings is allowed and attendees may be searched prior to entry.
Please note there are no parking or refreshment facilities available at police headquarters.

Notes to editors
PC Ryan Field was based at Oxford Investigation Hub and resigned from the force with effect from 17 April 2018.

Misconduct outcomes

It is important for public confidence in policing that Thames Valley Police is open and accountable about misconduct proceedings involving officers, staff, Specials and volunteers.

The information is published on a monthly basis and includes details of the standard which has been breached, basic details of the breach and the misconduct outcome.

The vast majority of officers, staff, specials and volunteers who work for Thames Valley Police act with integrity and professionalism at all times. However, where conduct falls below the high standards expected by the force it is important for the public to know that they will be dealt with firmly. 

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