Disciplinary matters involving police officers and special constables are governed by Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012, which were amended in 2015. With effect from 1 May 2015, misconduct hearings were opened to the public and media to attend.
Details of upcoming misconduct hearings will be published with at least five days’ notice on the Leicester Police website. The amended regulations state that police gross (serious) misconduct hearings will be held in public and, from January 2016, presided over by a Legally Qualified Chair (LQC).
The LQC will determine whether a misconduct hearing will be held in public, in private or part public/private and, wherever possible, should state the reasons why.