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Independent Panel Members of Police Misconduct Hearings

Independent Panel Members play an important role in upholding the high standards of behaviour and conduct in Lincolnshire Police by taking part in police misconduct hearings

With effect from May 2024, chief police officers will have increased powers to terminate the employment of police officers found guilty of gross misconduct. Sitting alongside them on the newly constituted misconduct panels will be two Independent Panel Members (IPMs) where previously only one was required.

The IPM role does not require legal expertise but will benefit from people who have experience in either senior leadership, legal work, professional standards, and/or HR and people management.  The role is voluntary is on a part time basis.

We are looking to appoint a number of individuals who will sit on police misconduct panels held in Lincolnshire.  However they will also have the opportunity to sit on panels across the East Midlands region. They will assist misconduct panels in coming to fair and evidence-based decisions about a particular officer’s conduct and appropriate outcomes arising from those decisions.

Further, we require individuals to provide an independent and impartial voice on such panels and to provide assurance to the community that conduct matters are treated seriously and that misconduct proceedings are being properly investigated and adjudicated.

In undertaking the role of IPM, you will be required to always consider the impact of officer misconduct on public confidence in policing, with specific attention to maintaining the public’s trust in the police service’s ability to keep them safe.

Allocation to hearings is rotated to ensure that our IPMs carry out the role in a fair and equitable way. Hearings usually take place over five days and each panel member is likely to sit on approximately three hearings per year over a five-year term.

Application process

To apply for this role, please complete and return the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.


or in writing to:

FAO John King OPCC for Lincolnshire, Police HQ, Deepdale Lane, Nettleham, NR Lincoln LN2 2LT

Applications will be considered within 5 working days of receipt and applicants invited to attend for interview or informed that their application has been unsuccessful.

Successful applicants will be taken through the vetting process to ensure their suitability to undertake this work.  Training will be provided.

Application form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring form

IPM Role Profile

IPM Scheme of Allowances

Frequently Asked Questions