Police: Misconduct

Home Office written question – answered on 26th July 2022.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were at some point on suspended duty pending a misconduct hearing in each of the years since 2016.

Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Minister of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

The Home Office does not hold data centrally on how many police officers were suspended pending a misconduct hearing.

The Home Office collects and publishes data on misconduct proceedings, including hearings (and accelerated hearings) in the ‘Police misconduct, England and Wales year ending 31 March 2021’, available here: Police misconduct, England and Wales year ending 31 March 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) However, information on whether the officer was suspended pending a misconduct hearing is not collected.

Separately, the Home Office also publishes information on the number of officers who are absent due to being suspended in the annual ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, available here: Police workforce England and Wales statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The information in this release is a snapshot of those absent on 31st March 2021 only, and does not cover all absences within the year. Information on the number of absences on both a full-time equivalent (FTE) and headcount basis, as at 31 March each year, since 2007 can be found in the ‘Leavers Open Data Table’ available here:


These open data tables will be updated at 9.30am on Wednesday 27th July 2022.

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