EXCLUSIVE: Essex Police Forced To Apologise Over Guideline Breach

Essex Police have apologised after they failed to give adequate notice of PC’s misconduct hearing.

Home Office guidelines state that where notice is required, the appropriate authority should publish details on its website at least five days before a hearing is due to take place.

But the Essex force failed to do so in the case of PC Laura Walsh, who is facing a misconduct hearing this month.

A force spokesman blamed the late notification of the hearing, which should have appeared on its website by December 31, 2020, on “human error”.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The police must ensure their actions are beyond reproach, acting within the law, being transparent with the public and following all relevant disciplinary processes.

“This is why we have robust disciplinary processes set out in legislation, which are underpinned by Home Office guidance and we expect all forces to follow them.”

Essex Police
  • Stats since 1st January 2022
  • 48 Misconduct Hearings
    73% held in public

Essex Police is a territorial police force responsible for policing the county of Essex in the east of England.