Misconduct Hearings

Date published: 10 May 2021 09:10

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.

DC 2194 Craig Winkless appeared at a misconduct hearing between Monday 26 April and Thursday 29 April 2021 in relation to alleged breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Honesty and Integrity, Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct.

The allegations having been assessed as gross Misconduct

It was alleged that on 25th April 2019, DC Winkless visited witness A at her home address as part of his duties, whilst investigating an allegation of assault by her ex-partner.

Whilst at the address it was alleged that the officer made inappropriate and unprofessional sexualised comments and it is further alleged that he also inappropriately touched witness A in a sexualised manner.

Furthermore, after leaving the address it was alleged that the officer made inappropriate and unprofessional contact with witness A by text message.  

The Officer denied the breaches.

The panel, chaired by a legally qualified chair and including a senior police officer and an independent member concluded that taking all of the circumstances into consideration, found that all of the allegations were not proven, and determined that the most appropriate outcome was no further action.  



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.


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