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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

PC 6904 Matthew Duffy
The name of the Officer  PC 6904 Matthew Duffy
The date of the hearing

20 November 2017 to 22 November 2017

Start at 10am

The location at which the hearing will take place Kings house,
245 Ampthill Road,
Bedford MK42 9AZ
There is a coffee shop/café facility on site.
Members of the public to attend at their own expense.
The conduct that is the subject matter of the case On 15 April 2017, officers were called to the home address of PC Matthew Duffy following reports he was acting aggressively. He was subsequently arrested. The Appropriate Authority will rule whether PC Duffy breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct in that he:
  1. Behaved in an aggressive way such that police were called using the 999 system.
  2. Behaved verbally abusively, argumentatively, obstructively and inappropriately towards the attending police officers and custody staff whilst they were going about their lawful duties.
 Conditions for the hearing The hearing is to be held in public and:
  • A maximum of 15 people will be welcome to attend the hearing
  • All those wishing to attend must pre-register their intention to attend – which can be done by emailing Public Hearings
  • The names and addresses of those who are attending must be given with supporting photographic identification on the day
  • Bags and people may be searched as a condition of entry
  • The taking of photographs and the use of film or sound recording equipment during the hearing is prohibited

 

Previous misconduct hearings

April 2016 - March 2017

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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