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Misconduct Hearings

Bedfordshire Police demands the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity from our officers and staff. Where those standards are not met, misconduct proceedings may be started. 

This page provides information on both upcoming misconduct hearings and the outcome of cases of formal misconduct proceedings.

We are committed to transparency and accountability.As such we will publish the outcomes of misconduct meetings, misconduct hearings. This includes those who resign prior to the conclusion of misconduct proceedings (where it is established that there was a case to answer).

Professional standards for Bedfordshire Police is overseen by the collaborated Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Professional Standards Department.

Outcomes

A former Bedfordshire Police officer has been found for  Gross Misconduct in relation to  his inappropriate conduct  towards  female officers who were often junior in rank. This conduct spanned from 2005 to 2017.
 
Richard Barker, who retired in April 2018  after serving with the force since 1989, was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour and  would have faced instant dismissal had he still have been a serving officer. This outcome means that Richard Barker has been placed on the College of Policing barred list.
 
A Misconduct  panel led by a Legally Qualified Chair sitting at the Old Court House in Biggleswade today (Friday) found  that he had breached the standards required for authority, respect and courtesy, equality and diversity, duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct, all to Gross Misconduct level. During the hearing Barker admitted misconduct but denied Gross Misconduct.
 
An investigation by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Professional Standards Department was launched in November 2017 following complaints from a probationer officer.
 
The panel heard from a number of witnesses who gave evidence that he had acted inappropriately towards them and that his conduct was largely sexual in nature. Former sergeant Richard Barker was also found to have unfairly assisted a male student pass an exam which additionally breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour.
 
Although Barker had already retired from the force the change to the National  Police Regulations in 2017 meant that the investigation continued to its conclusion.
 
Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire said: “Richard Barker's behaviour towards female colleagues was entirely inappropriate and was clearly an abuse of his position of trust.
 
"Equality and respect are core values here at Bedfordshire Police and absolutely every officer and member of staff should be treated with the dignity they deserve."

Previous misconduct hearings

Attending a hearing

Police misconduct hearings are held in public and we will advertise notices of hearings on this page.

The notice provides information about the hearing including how to apply to attend. It also gives details of any exclusions or attendance conditions which have been set by the person who is to chair the hearing.

In the event that the chair of the hearing sets conditions for public attendance the below may apply:

Any person wishing to attend the hearing must register their details in advance.  Failure to register will lead to entry being declined. The registration facility will close 3 working days before the hearing.

Members of the public are required to be in possession of valid photographic identification upon arrival and produce it upon request. Failure to do so will lead to entry being declined.

Public attendees are prohibited from using any sound or film recording equipment at the hearings or taking photographs of the proceedings.

Members of the public attending the hearing do so at their own expense.

Any person whose behaviour is deemed likely to disrupt proceeding may be excluded.

Additionally the chair may set any additional conditions he decides are appropriate to the particular case.

The notice will also give access to a public guidance and advice document which gives practical advice about various matters including an age limit applied to attendance, facilities at the venue and the use of mobile phones.

 

 

 

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