Attending Hearings

Duration:            

Three Days

Dates & times:                 

Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd November 2017

10:00am – 4:00pm 

Officer:                               

Detective Constable 3037 Smith

Location:                            

Old Magistrates Court

Houghton Police Station

Dairy Lane

Houghton Le Spring

DH4 5BL

In relation to: 

Summary of the alleged conduct (2 Allegations):

(i)            Between the 1st day of November 2016 and the 10th day of January 2017, DC Smith abused his position as a police officer in his dealings with a key witness in a Rape and Serious Sexual Offence case in which he was involved, in that, he communicated with the Witness on his personal mobile telephone, when both on and off duty, and in a very personal and sexualised manner.

(ii)           Between the 20th day of April 2016 and the 21st day of December 2016, DC Smith abused his position as a police officer in his dealings with a witness in a Rape and Serious Sexual Offence case in which he was involved, in that, he repeatedly communicated with the Witness on his police issue mobile telephone, when both on and off duty, and in a personal and flirtatious manner.

It is alleged that the officer’s conduct breaches the Standards of Professional Behaviour contained in Schedule 2 to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012, in particular:

Discreditable Conduct

Honesty and Integrity

Duties and Responsibilities

And amounts to Gross Misconduct

 

Closing date to register interest in attending:  16.00 hours - Friday 17th November 2017

 

Further information:  Under new Home Office regulations this hearing will be held in public.

Restrictions:

TAKE NOTICE that the Chair of the Misconduct Panel has made the following reporting restriction:

The individuals named in the allegations, save for the identification of the officer himself, shall not be identified in the misconduct proceedings. Accordingly those individuals named in the allegations will not be referred to by name and will be referred to as ‘Witness A’ and ‘Witness B’ in the misconduct proceedings.

Under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 there shall be no publication (by members of the public/press) of any information which is likely to lead members of the public to identify any witness named in the misconduct proceedings as a complainant of a sexual offence.

Members of the press and the public must adhere to the reporting restrictions and any directions and/or restrictions imposed by the person chairing the misconduct hearing in advance and/or during the misconduct hearing. 

If you wish to attend a hearing

If you wish to attend, you must book your place in advance by sending an e-mail to publichearings@northumbria.pnn.police.uk in order to register your interest. In the e-mail you must provide:

- Your full name
- Date of birth 
- Home address
- The date of the hearing you wish to attend
- T
he name of the person involved.

Any interested members of the media must also register attendance as outlined above. Media enquiries should be directed to the Media Relations Team at Police Headquarters.

Successful observers will receive a return email which will include information what to do next.
 


Attending a hearing

The hearing allows for 20 observers to attend, allocation will be on a first come basis. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know in your e-mail so we can ensure your needs are met.

Upon attending the location of the hearing, you will be required to present photographic identification, for example a driving licence or passport.

You will not be allowed admittance unless you have pre-registered. We reserve the right to restrict entry.

No filming, audio recording or taking of photographs of the proceedings is permitted.

Water will be provided during the hearing.