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Appointment of Legally Qualified Chairs

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Since 2016, Legally Qualified Chairs (LQCs) have been required to preside over misconduct hearings held by police forces. This is an integral part of the police disciplinary process and in ensuring trust and confidence in policing.

As part of a joint recruitment process, applications from suitably qualified individuals are sought to be appointed for the following police force areas:

  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • Kent
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Thames Valley

Appointees will serve a four-year term and indication should be made in the application pack if you are willing to serve across more than one force area.  Sufficient appointments will be made to ensure availability for hearings across the region. Existing LQCs for the region need not re-apply.

Hearings may last a few days and it is expected that appointed LQCs will make themselves reasonably available to undertake this work. Initial and ongoing training is provided and attendance is a requirement in order to take on the role and remain on an area’s list.

We are interested to hear from all legal professionals, especially those with knowledge and experience in areas such as, but not limited to:

  • Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020 and associated legislation;
  • Other regulatory misconduct panels;
  • Equality, diversity and discrimination;

This role requires LQCs to be able to demonstrate integrity and independence of mind, commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, sound judgement and an objective approach to issues presented. The region are committed to building and supporting a diverse pool of LQCs to serve across our region in order to reflect the diversity of the communities that the police serve.

Closing date for completed applications is midnight on Wednesday 22 March 2023.

Interviews will be held on 19 and 20 April 2023 at a location central to the South East region. Training for recruited LQCs will be delivered on 7 June 2023 in central London with an additional day on-line on 12 June 2023.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Vacancies webpage.