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Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Hearings

with MOPAC


Thank you for your interest in the role of Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Hearings.

This is an opportunity to be involved in one of the most important responsibilities in policing – upholding the high professional standards the public expects from our police service.

You will be one of a number of legally qualified chairs who chair police misconduct hearings when required. The time commitment is variable but is likely to be between 3 - 8 hearings per year. Hearings generally last between two to five days, and on rare occasions several weeks. The public expect police officers to be dealt with fairly but thoroughly, and you will be expected to use your skills and experience to make sure this happens.

The role is open to anyone who satisfies the judicial-appointment eligibility condition on a 5-year basis. A preference will be given to those candidates who either have experience of professional regulatory proceedings or who have knowledge of the particular legal and procedural issues which may arise in, or impact on, the work of disciplinary tribunals. You will also be expected to have a good understanding of community perceptions and relations with regard to policing matters.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 established an elected Police and Crime Commissioner for each police force area across England and Wales to ensure that there is democratic oversight of how policing is delivered. In London, the elected Mayor – Sadiq Khan, is the equivalent of the Police and Crime Commissioner and is responsible for ensuring that the Metropolitan Police deliver an efficient and effective service for Londoners.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) supports the Mayor in fulfilling his role. The Mayor has appointed a statutory Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime – Sophie Linden – to lead MOPAC. MOPAC is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction for policing and safety, overseeing police performance in the capital and commissioning a wide range of services to prevent crime and support victims.

To complement its existing legally qualified chairs (LQCs), MOPAC is seeking a further ten chairs of misconduct panels, in respect of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) misconduct hearings. MOPAC LQCs will also conduct hearings for the City of London, British Transport Police and the Ministry of Defence Police. I hope you find this information pack helpful in understanding the nature of the role we are looking to fill. I look forward to receiving your application.

Kind regards

Judith Mullett
Head of Workforce Development and Professional Standards