Misconduct Hearings

Following the introduction of the British Transport Police Conduct Regulations 2015, members of the public can now access misconduct hearings.

Misconduct hearings and special case hearings are now held in public unless a decision is made by the person chairing the hearing to exclude any person from all or part of the hearing.

The panel for misconduct hearings is chaired by a legally-qualified person who is independent of the police service.

If you would like to attend a misconduct hearing, you can apply to do this, provided you are 18 or over. Due to limitations on space and capacity, a limited number of seats are available. We will allocate seats on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.

You can apply to attend a hearing by completing a booking form, which is specific for each case and will be available on our upcoming hearings page once the details of a hearing is published.

In order to attend a hearing, you must agree to comply with the terms outlined in the Conditions of Entry.

Please note the chair may also decide to impose other conditions in advance of, or during, the hearing. If any other conditions are imposed before the hearing begins, we will update the upcoming hearings page with the details.

Equalities Act 2010

  • If you have a hearing impairment, you will need to arrange your own interpreters, if required
  • If you are a wheelchair user, accessible spaces are limited and will be dependent on availability.  
  • Accessible toilets are available
Attendance

If your booking is successful, you will be sent a confirmation email including a registration letter. You will be required to produce your personal registration letter on arrival at the hearing, along with photographic identification (for example, a passport or driver’s licence) and confirmation of your address (for example, a utility bill).

We won’t meet any expenses you incur in attending a hearing. Some hearings may be cancelled at short notice. In these instances we will make every attempt to notify you, but this may not always be possible. 

Purpose of Public Misconduct Hearing

Misconduct hearings are held to present the facts of the case and allow police officers to give an explanation of their conduct and circumstances surrounding the allegation. Witnesses may also be called to give evidence.

The purpose of a public hearing is to show that the police disciplinary system is open and transparent and that we hold officers who breach our standards of professional behaviour, or those that are found guilty of misconduct, accountable for their actions.

Standards of Professional Behaviour

All employees must comply to the following standards of professional behaviour:

  • Honesty and Integrity - To be honest and act with integrity at all times, and will not compromise or abuse any position.
  • Authority, Respect and Courtesy - To act with self-control and tolerance, treating members of the public and colleagues with respect and courtesy. To use powers and authority lawfully and proportionately, and will respect the rights of all individuals.
  • Equality and Diversity - To act with fairness and impartiality and not discriminate unlawfully or unfairly.
  • Use of Force - To only use force as part of the role and responsibilities, and only to the extent that it is necessary, proportionate and reasonable in all the circumstances.
  • Orders and Instructions - A police officer will give and carry out lawful orders only, and will abide by Police Regulations. To also give reasonable instructions only, and will follow all reasonable instructions.
  • Duties and Responsibilities - To be diligent in the exercise of any duties and responsibilities.
  • Confidentiality - To treat information with respect, and access or disclose it only in the proper course of duty.
  • Fitness for Duty - To ensure, when on duty or at work, to be fit and to carry out responsibilities.
  • Conduct - Behave in a manner, whether on or off duty, which does not bring discredit on the police service or undermine public confidence in policing.
  • Challenging and Reporting Improper Conduct - To report, challenge or take action against the conduct of colleagues which has fallen below the standards of professional behaviour.
Conditions of Entry

Please read the Conditions of Entry form carefully prior before submitting a booking form for a hearing. Agreeing to the conditions outlined in the booking form is a key requirement of the booking procedure.

Some of the conditions you will need to agree to before being allocated a place are:

  • Full details must be submitted on the application to attend form
  • Only pre-registered attendees will be able to gain access to the hearing
  • You will need to bring your printed booking confirmation email or letter with you
  • You will need to bring photographic identification with you (such as your passport or driving licence) as well as proof of your address (utility bill etc.)
  • Members of the press are requested to bring their official press ID
  • All mobile phones, recording machines or other electronic items must be switched off in the public hearing room
  • The use of recording or photographic equipment is strictly forbidden and it is requested that such equipment is not brought to any hearings.
  • You will be provided with a visitor badge which must be worn until you leave the hearing and passed back through security. 
  • Bags will be subject to a security search as a condition of entry or re-entry (please do not bring any large bags on-to the premises) 
  • Sharp objects or blades will not be permitted. Police will retain the authority to seize any article found during a search, which may cause harm to a person
  • You must not intervene in or interrupt the running of the hearing. If you behave in a disorderly or abusive manner or otherwise acts inappropriately, a member of British Transport Police staff may exclude you from the remainder of the hearing
  • If you breach any of the conditions of entry, you will be asked to leave and will be escorted from the premises
Venues the hearings are likely to be held:

British Transport Police Force Headquarters, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN

From Camden Town Underground Station head straight down Camden Road past Sainsbury’s and cross the road at the traffic lights.

Metropolitan Police, Empress State Building, Lille Road, London SW6 1TR

From West Brompton Underground Station turn left and head down Lillie Road. Empress State Building is situated on your right approximately two minutes’ walk from the station.

The Holiday Inn, Camden Lock, 30 Jamestown Road, London NW1 7BY

From Camden Town Underground Station, turn right into Camden High Street and left into Jamestown Road.