Independent legally qualified chairmen for police disciplinary hearings

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2635
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, recently altered police disciplinary procedures, so that they would take place in public and be led by independent legally qualified chairmen. How has MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service set about recruiting these chairmen, how many will it be recruiting, and how much expenditure - for things such as salaries and expenses - is it budgeting for?

Answer

Answer for Independent legally qualified chairmen for police disciplinary hearings

Answer for Independent legally qualified chairmen for police disciplinary hearings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MOPAC is currently in the process of recruiting legally qualified chairs to facilitate police misconduct hearings. We intend to appoint 25 legally qualified chairs.  These appointments should commence on 1st January 2016 and will be for a five year term.

We anticipate that the costs of paying for the fees and expenses of the legally-qualified chairs will be offset by freeing up the time of senior officers who currently chair hearings and removing the need for legal advisors to support the process.