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Legally Qualified Chairs for Police Misconduct Hearings

Appointment of Legally Qualified Chairs for Police Misconduct Hearings

Police Misconduct Panels are convened to hear serious cases of alleged misconduct by police officers, usually those cases which are considered to amount to gross misconduct.

From 1 January 2016 legally qualified chairs replaced police chairs on Police Misconduct Panels held under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012.

Within the North Eastern Region, Police and Crime Commissioners for Northumbria, Durham, Cleveland, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Humberside have appointed 27 legally qualified chairs to preside over hearings held in each of their police areas.

The process for appointment to the list was administered by the Cleveland Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on behalf of the 7 OPCCs of the North East Region where a rigorous selection process was undertaken, concluding with panel interviews during the period 2nd-8th December 2015.

The selection process identified 27 legally qualified people who are suitable for appointment for five years.

Candidates appointed to the list will be required to receive training before they undertake the role. This training has been nationally coordinated via the College of Policing and the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners and took place during January 2016.

Further information relating to the role of Legally Qualified Chair can be found by accessing the links below:

Legally Qualified Chairs – Role Description

Legally Qualified Chairs – Terms of Appointment