Misconduct Hearings

Date published: 02 February 2023 08:38

Misconduct Hearings and Special Case Hearings are public unless the person chairing the hearing decides to exclude the public from part or all of a sitting.

Only the results of the most recent Misconduct Hearings will be displayed here for a period of 28 days, after which time, the results will be removed. Please see “Misconduct Findings” for all current year and archive misconduct results.

Purpose of Public Misconduct Hearing

Misconduct Hearings are held to present the facts of a case and allow officers the opportunity to explain their conduct and the circumstances surrounding an allegation. Witnesses may also be called to give evidence. The purpose of a Public Hearing is to show that the Police disciplinary system is open and transparent and holds officers in breach of acceptable Standards of Professional Behaviour, or those that found guilty of misconduct, accountable for their actions.

Purpose of Public Special Case Hearing

Special Case Misconduct Hearings are designed to demonstrate that officers are held to account for their actions. However, they are ‘fast track’ procedures, where there is incontrovertible evidence to establish, on the balance of probabilities, the conduct of the officer constitutes gross misconduct and the officer concerned should cease to be a police officer, without delay. For this reason there will be no witness testimony other than from the officer concerned, if they choose to give evidence.

Forthcoming Accelerated Misconduct Hearing

 Officer's name:                  Police Constable 419 Paul Hinchcliffe  

Date of the hearing:         Thursday 9th February 2023    

Time of the hearing:         01:30pm  

The place at which the hearing will take place:  The Professional Standards Department, Churchill Way, Chapeltown, Sheffield S35 2PY.  Authorised members of the public wishing to attend the misconduct hearing should attend at that location.

A description of the alleged conduct:

On 10th January 2023 the officer was convicted at Leeds Crown Court of an offence of Sexual Assault on a female.   This was an off-duty incident and the victim in this case was a female colleague.

This is a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Discreditable Conduct.

The matters set out above are breaches of the Standards which are so serious as to justify dismissal and therefore constitute gross misconduct.

Misconduct Hearing Application

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For details of findings from previous misconduct meetings and hearings, please click here.