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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.

Upcoming misconduct hearings

 
The name of the Officer/s
  • PS Andrew Withey
  • PC Hannah Ross
  • PC Nicholas Oates
  • PC Sanjeev Kalyan

 

The date of the hearing

The hearing will take place in public and in two stages.

A preliminary hearing is to be held on the 27 and 28 September 2018

The second stage is to be held from the 8 -22 October 2018

The location at which the hearing will take place

1) Wyboston Lakes Oakley Suite, Wyboston Lakes Conference Center, Great North Road, Wyboston MK44 3AL. The first day will start at 09.30am. This hearing will consider legal arguments and procedural matters. 

2) The Holiday Inn, St. George’s Way, Stevenage SG1 1HS. The first day will start at 09.30am.

The conduct that is the subject matter of the case

Background
In May 2013 there was an incident outside Elements nightclub in Bedford which Bedfordshire Police attended. A young man, Julian Cole, was injured and the IOPC [then IPCC] commenced an independent investigation.

The IOPC referred their findings to the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether any person should face criminal charges in relation to the incident and injury. The CPS decision was that no criminal conduct could be identified and no person was charged with any offence. The Cole family used their Victim Right to Review and required the CPS to reconsider. The original CPS decision was reviewed and upheld. 

The IOPC investigation concluded that four Bedfordshire Police Officers should attend a Misconduct Hearing to face allegations amounting to Gross Misconduct. Additionally that one of those officers should face an allegation which amounts to Misconduct.

PS Andrew Withey
Professional Behaviour namely Duties and Responsibilities. If proved this allegation amounts to Gross misconduct

PC Hannah Ross
It is alleged that this officer has breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour namely Honesty and Integrity and Duties and Responsibilities. If proven these allegations amount to Gross Misconduct. Additionally this officer is alleged to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour namely Use of Force which if proven would amount to Misconduct.

PC Nicholas Oates
It is alleged that this officer has breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour namely Honesty and Integrity and Duties and Responsibilities. If proven these allegations amount to Gross Misconduct.

PC Sanjeev Kalyon
It is alleged that this officer has breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour namely Honesty and Integrity and Duties and Responsibilities. If proven these allegations amount to Gross Misconduct. 

 Conditions for the hearing
  1. The hearing is to be held in public
  2. A maximum of 30 people will be welcome to attend the hearing and will do so at their own expense. Reasonable expenses will be paid to witnesses who are required to attend
  3. In the case that more people wish to attend the hearing than can be accommodated, priority will be given to any complainant, any interested person, and, where appropriate, anyone acting as an observer on behalf of the IOPC.
  4. All those wishing to attend must give notice to the Appropriate Authority of his/her intention to do so at least two working days before the hearing is due to begin. This intention must be emailed to: publichearings@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk
  5. Any person attending the hearing must produce a valid means of identification in order to gain admission
  6. The taking of photographs and the use of film or sound recording equipment during the hearing is prohibited save for official use
  7. Bags and people may be searched as a condition of entry into the hearing venue.
  8. Additional conditions may be imposed by the hearing chair in advance of, or during, the hearing.

 

 

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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