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Public Misconduct Hearings

As of 1st May 2015 Police Misconduct Hearings may be heard in public. There will be certain situations where it will be necessary and appropriate for all, or parts of, a police disciplinary or appeal hearing to be held in private. The senior officer or legally-qualified person chairing the panel will make this decision.

We will publish public Police Misconduct Hearings below. Applications to attend can be sent to our Professional Standards Department where they will be considered individually.

The publication of outcome notices from misconduct hearings will be made available to the public on this page for a period of 28 days.


Police Misconduct Hearings 

A misconduct hearing was held at County Hall, Cardiff Bay on 22 November 2019 in relation to former Detective Constable 1023 Simmonds.

A summary of the allegations found proved against Mr Simmonds is as follows:

1. On a number of occasions between April 2015 and May 2016 DC Simmonds took refreshment breaks in excess of the allowed periods.
2. On a number of occasions between January 2017 and September 2017 DC Simmonds submitted claims for overtime in excess of the hours worked.
3. On a number of occasions between September 2017 and October 2017 DC Simmonds undertook personal work whilst on duty.

The Panel found that Former DC Simmonds had breached the following Standards of Professional Behavior relating to – 1. Honesty and Integrity, 5. Orders and Instructions, 6. Duties and Responsibilities and 9 Discreditable Conduct.

The Panel determined that the matters found proved amounted to gross misconduct and had Mr Simmonds been a serving police officer he would have been dismissed without notice.

On Tuesday 26th November 2019, a misconduct hearing brought by South Wales Police with regard to PC 5582 Christopher Leach of the Eastern Basic Command Unit was concluded.

The panel chaired by an independent legally qualified chair considered allegations including Honesty and integrity, Confidentiality and Discreditable conduct. These allegations included inappropriate behaviour whilst on duty.

The decision of the panel having reached their findings was that the officer should be ‘Dismissed from the force without notice.

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