Police Misconduct

Police Officers – criminal and misconduct investigations and proceedings

Police officers can be investigated for their actions both on and off duty by the Force’s Professional Standards Department or the Independent Office for Police Conduct. 

 You should consider carefully at this stage whether to respond to the Notice of Investigation. This is not compulsory and legal advice at this early stage is essential in order to protect your interests and potentially your career and reputation.

If the matter progresses beyond the investigation, the consequences of a hearing for gross
misconduct can include written warnings, final written warnings or potentially dismissal, the latter particularly applies  if the allegations relate to the officer’s honesty and integrity. These hearings are almost always held in public and there will undoubtedly be an impact on you both personally and professionally.

Investigations into your conduct can be career ending – Furthermore, there is now the possibility that even as a former police officer, you could still be investigated and proceedings brought against you for misconduct in certain circumstances.

Deborah Britstone is a highly experienced, sought after and knowledgeable police lawyer who can provide advice to you from the very start of the investigation to its conclusion whether that be at the investigation stage or at a misconduct meeting or hearing.