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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

 Former Detective Chief Inspector Chris Beresford

The date of the hearing

 8 August 2018

The location at which the hearing will take place

Executive Conference Room

Bedfordshire Police Headquarters,


The conduct that is the subject matter of the case

Breach of professional standards – confidentiality

Between 26 November 2015 and October 2016 former DCI Chris Beresford has accessed Bedfordshire police computer systems outside of his police role, accessing personal information whilst doing so.

 Conditions for the hearing
  • A maximum of 10 people will be welcome to attend the hearing
  • All those wishing to attend must pre-register their intention to attend
  • 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
  • No recording equipment either audio or visual are permitted either inside police premises or at the hearing

All those wishing to attend should register at by 12pm on 3 August 2018.


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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