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West Midlands Police Misconduct Hearing

Start Date

Finish Date

10-14 August 2020

10:00 hrs

West Midlands Police Headquarters, Lloyd House, Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6NQ (Sat Nav B4 6AT)

PC 1778 Birch
PC 20657 Hopwood 

Standards of Professional Behaviour breached    
Honesty and Integrity
Equality and Diversity
Authority, Respect and Courtesy 

Conduct that gave rise to breaches    
Gross Misconduct

Officers attended a location following a report of a theft in progress.

PC Birch
It is alleged that PC Birch was discriminatory towards members of the travelling community.

It is further alleged that the officer attempted to influence PC Hopwood and collude with him to ensure that their statements supported force used by PC Birch.

PC Hopwood
It is alleged that PC Hopwood turned off his Body Worn Video to speak to PC Birch following the incident and that he then provided an inaccurate and incomplete account of the incident in his witness statement.  

Legally Qualified Chair    
Stephen Chappell

Conditions placed by Chair
Due to social distancing measures, only two members of the media will be allowed to attend the hearing. There will be no access for members of the public.

In accordance with the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 (as amended) the outcome will also be published.

Search Regime and Identification
As a strict condition of entry, all members of the public and press together with any bags will be subject to a security search as a condition of entry. You will also be required to produce photographic identification.  

Please do not bring any large bags with you. Sharp objects or blades will not be permitted. West Midlands Police will retain the authority to seize any article found during a search which may cause harm to any person. Upon completion of the search process you will be permitted access to the hearing room.

If at any time you wish to leave the hearing room you may do so but you will be asked to submit to a further search in order to re-enter the hearing room.

View the full conditions of entry.