PC Lee Howard Misconduct Hearing

Greater Manchester Police

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Officer(s)

Constable (PC) Lee Howard of Greater Manchester Police View officer

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Equality and diversity
  • Confidentiality
  • Conduct

Circumstances of Alleged Breaches

Lee Howard will answer allegations of gross misconduct in that their conduct amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour namely;

(a) Discreditable conduct, namely that Lee Howard behaved in a manner whilst on and off duty, which would discredit the police service, in that he was convicted of a criminal offence at Liverpool Crown Court, computer misuse and breaches of the Data Protection Act.

(b) Confidentiality, namely that Lee Howard breached the standard by accessing police information which he did not have permission and/or a legitimate policing purpose or authorisation.

(c) Honesty and Integrity, namely that Lee Howard failed to act with the honesty and integrity required of a police officer by providing a false account of his deployment on the night of the 22 – 23 May 2017 in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, on the Nolan Show, in communications with his wife, to Dr Seneviratne and at his hearing at Liverpool Crown Court.

(d) Discreditable conduct, namely that Lee Howard behaved in a manner whilst on and off duty, which would discredit the police service, in that he provided a false account of his deployment on the 22-23 May 2017 in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, on the Nolan Show, in communications with his wife, to Dr Seneviratne and at his hearing at Liverpool Crown Court.

(e) Discreditable conduct, namely that Lee Howard behaved in a manner whilst on and off duty, which would discredit the police service, in that he used on multiple occasions racist and homophobic language in communications.

(f) Equality and Diversity, namely that Lee Howard by his conduct discriminated against persons from minority groups and persons with protected characteristics.

(g) Authority, Respect and Courtesy, namely that Lee Howard’s behaviour and language would be perceived by a member of the public and his policing colleagues as being abusive, oppressive, victimising and offensive.

The need to manage those persons linking to the hearing will limit numbers to 15 in total.

If members of the press or public wish to observe the hearing, they are required to pre-register via the GMP website, leaving their details including contact telephone number and email address. Anyone who has not pre-registered will not be allowed to listen to the hearing.

No external recording or filming of the proceedings is allowed. Anyone being disruptive during the hearing will have their connection to the hearing terminated.

Greater Manchester Police
  • Stats since 1st January 2022
  • 17 Misconduct Hearings
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