Officer hearings: statement from Michael Lane
18 December 2020
“The Independent Panel have today outlined their findings following the misconduct hearings of six Hampshire Constabulary officers. I respect the independent scrutiny they have applied to these hearings.
“It is always a cause for concern when Police Officers face misconduct hearings since as Officers they have been given particular powers that demand, in return, each and every Officer holds themselves to the highest standards of ethical behaviour. The rulings of the Independent Panel have indicated that this has not been the case in relation to all six of the officers in Hampshire Constabulary and I take, and have always taken, this matter very seriously.
“When the allegations first came to light I told the Chief Constable that I wanted her to urgently shine a light into every corner of the organisation. I was clear this should be done transparently and due and thorough process be followed.
“When the final conclusion and sanctions are delivered, on behalf of all our communities, those same communities that our Constabulary has the duty to serve, I will continue to expect that every officer adheres to the strictest ethical codes, professional standards and behaviours.
“I will be expecting a focus on the highest of standards and for appropriate actions to continue to be taken by the Chief Constable to ensure this.”