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Press release - James PatrickJames Patrick, a Police Officer serving in the Metropolitan Police, blogger and a user of Twitter, has now received the date of his gross misconduct hearing, following an earlier postponement by the Metropolitan Police Service.
The hearing will take place privately at the Empress State Building between the 26th and 29th of November 2013, over a year since PC Patrick was first notified that he was subject to a 'fact find'.
The conduct allegations appear to centre around whether the content of a book, published for charity in October 2012 and in which PC Patrick raises concerns over police reforms and the manipulation of police statistics, may damage public confidence in the police.
The notice of referral to hearing, dated the 22nd of May 2013 and served two days later, read:
"The investigation into the case surrounding your alleged behaviour on Feb 2011 has been concluded and has been brought to my attention.
I have made the determination under Regulation 19 of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 and am informing you that there is a case to answer in respect of Gross Misconduct. This means that the allegations are so serious that, if proven would justify dismissal.
Your alleged conduct is such that it would bring discredit on the Metropolitan Police Service and is a case that I have decided should, from a police misconduct perspective, be dealt with as soon as possible".
PC Patrick, Kaim Todner and his Federation Representative John Tully, chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, will see the specific allegations for the first time on the 15th of October 2013 and will be required to respond within fourteen days.
In respect of public confidence it is also worth making clear the latest comments of the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, made on the 26th of September 2013: "Public confidence is also on the rise. In the first quarter this year, it's at 70%, up from 64% two years ago. This is at a time when the rest of the police service in the UK has seen a drop. I think we've moved up about 10 places on the league table in terms of our confidence".
7 October 2013
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