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Misconduct Hearings

We demand 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.

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 three 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. 

Forthcoming Hearings 

There are no forthcoming hearings scheduled.

Misconduct Outcomes

A former officer who used a police system to look up information for a friend would have been dismissed for gross misconduct a panel has ruled.

PC Chloe Phipps, who resigned before the fast track misconduct hearing, was found to have committed gross misconduct for breaching the standards of professional behaviour for integrity and confidentiality. The hearing was told that she had used her force laptop to access police systems while off-duty to look up who had reported a potential Covid breach in relation to a friend’s beauty salon on 12 January.

Police had attended the alleged breach, but no offences were found to have been committed and the owner given words of advice. However, the owner then asked their friend PC Phipps to find out the information. She declined to do so, but computer records showed she had looked up the information. An investigation was launched following an anonymous call to the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Anti-Corruption Unit.

PC Phipps admitted researching the incident but denied passing the information to her friend. She was given a criminal caution for computer misuse and breaching data protection and later resigned.

Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said: “The public have very high standards of police officers regarding honesty and integrity and rightly so. It is essential that public trust and confidence in police conduct is maintained as this is the foundation store of legitimacy on which policing is built.

“The management of information is an essential ingredient to the maintenance of trust and such a significant departure from this standard is discreditable conduct of a nature so serious that in the absence of any compelling mitigation that is fully evidenced then dismissal without notice would be the only appropriate outcome had PC Phipps not already resigned.”

PC Alan anderson

A probationary police officer has been dismissed from Bedfordshire Police after he failed a drugs test.

PC Alan Anderson was in the process of joining the force when he tested positive for cocaine in a pre-employment drug test last summer.

He was dismissed following a misconduct hearing held at King’s House in Bedford between 17 and 21 June. The panel found he had committed breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour for Fitness for Duty and Discreditable Conduct.

Previous misconduct hearings

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