We currently employ around 31,000 officers. Taking that figure and the nature of our operation into consideration, alleged transgressions of accepted practice plus unlawful activity, whether having passed through the legal courts system or not, are bound to arise. It’s our duty to investigate each case at public misconduct hearings.
The purpose of public hearing
Misconduct hearings are held to present the facts of the case and allow officers to give an explanation of their conduct and the circumstances surrounding the allegation. Witnesses may also be called to give evidence. The purpose of a public hearing is to show that our disciplinary system is open and transparent, and will demonstrate that we do hold officers that breach the Standards of Professional Behaviour, or those where misconduct is found proven, accountable for their actions.
At each session, eight places are reserved for members of the public, with four places reserved for members of the press.
Who can attend?
Any member of the public or press can request to attend a misconduct hearing, provided they are 18 or over.
We have a limited capacity so places at the hearing are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis through our online booking form (see below).
Please note that the Chair may also decide to impose other conditions in advance of, or during the hearing. Any additional conditions established prior to the hearing will be noted within the listed hearing.
To request a place at a hearing, please view the upcoming hearings and complete our quick and simple online form. If a place is available we'll send you a confirmation email within one working day.
On the day of the hearing, please bring the following items with you:
- Your printed confirmation email
- Your passport or driving licence
- Proof of your address, such as a utility bill
We cannot reimburse any expenses you incur by attending.
In some cases, a misconduct hearing may have to be cancelled at short notice. In these situations we’ll do our best to notify you, but it may not be possible. We’re sorry if this has been the case.
Liable to change
There may be occasions where a misconduct hearing is not held in public or only a part is heard in public. In order to decide this, the Chair must take into a number of considerations including national security and whether it interferes with the prevention or detection of crime, or the welfare of parties involved.
If the Chair decides that the evidence to be given by a witness or any other person should not be disclosed in public, they will direct that the public be excluded.
As part of the Conditions of Entry all mobile phones, pagers, recording machines or other electronic items must be switched to silent in the hearing rooms. The use of recording or photographic equipment is strictly forbidden in the hearing rooms. Any person found to be using such equipment will be asked to leave by Met staff.
Only accredited members of the press will be allowed to use text-based communications for the purposes of simultaneous reporting of proceedings if the person chairing or conducting the proceedings is satisfied that it does not interfere with the orderly conduct of proceedings.
The following facilities are available to visitors who are deaf or less abled:
- An induction loop system
- Space for wheelchair users and assistance dogs
- Accessible toilets
Unfortunately, we're unable to provide interpreters or subtitles.
Police Appeals Tribunals
Police Appeals Tribunals (PATs) hear appeals against the findings of gross misconduct brought by police officers or special constables. PATs are currently governed by Police Appeals Tribunal Rules 2012, which was amended in 2015.
The amendments set out what may be published in respect of appeal hearings and allow for the appeal hearings to be held in public. Members of the public can now attend appeal hearings as observers but are not allowed to participate in proceedings. The Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) is responsible for appointing the chair to conduct the proceedings.