New police Code of Ethics on its way

A final copy of our Code of Ethics for all police officers and staff will be signed off by our Board this month.

The code sets out for the first time - in one place - what the public can expect from a professional police service.

It will play a practical role in guiding behaviour, and ensure officers and staff do the right thing in the right way.

Public consultation closed in November and since then our Integrity team has been busy examining the huge volume of responses to ensure the feedback is incorporated into the final draft.

A date is yet to be confirmed, but we are sending the code to forces in the coming weeks to allow them to begin incorporating it before it becomes a code of practice when the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill comes into place in the summer.

The College will be working with forces to ensure the code is successfully embedded.

College of Policing Integrity Programme Lead, Assistant Chief Constable Karen Daber, said:

"We are now examining the best ways to introduce the code to the service so all staff and officers get the best use out of it. I am very pleased with the quality of the feedback we had during the public consultation, and I am confident we will have an excellent Code of Ethics for the service."

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