Private misconduct hearing for police intelligence officer

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 June 2018

The hearing will take place at police headquarters in Portishead.

The hearing will take place at police headquarters in Portishead.

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A police misconduct hearing is examining whether a surveillance and intelligence officer may have compromised an operation.

The hearing, which was scheduled for Monday and is due to be completed tomorrow (Wednesday) is taking place in private because the officer has worked covertly for a number of years.

The misconduct panel chairman, Anna Vigars, believes the officer and their family could be at risk if their identify is known.

It is alleged the Avon and Somerset Constabulary officer discussed police tactics in relation to a planned criminal offence with an unauthorised person.

The panel will hear if their actions had the potential to compromise an operation, disclose general police tactics and identify intelligence services.

The officer may have breached police standards for confidentiality, and ignored force guidance on intelligence sources.

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