Code of Ethics for police is published

This article appears in the May 2014 edition of the College newsletter.

​Our Code of Ethics for officers and police staff, a first for policing in England and Wales, has been sent to forces.

The Code was created as part of our aim to professionalise the service. Police are expected to deliver like a profession, but are not supported by the structures that other professions have.

The vast majority of officers and staff across the UK already adhere to these professional standards, but this is the first time they have been brought together in one place.

The Code of Ethics is a framework to support members of the policing profession to make the best decisions and to give everyone the confidence to question when they feel decisions may not be made according to the policing principles. Policing is complex, and the Code of Ethics will further help officers and staff to make ethical decisions.

On 6 and 7 May we hosted a two-day conference at our headquarters in Ryton, near Coventry, to help forces embed the Code of Ethics. It was attended by representatives, ranging from PCs to chief constables, from all 43 forces as well as Police Scotland, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, British Transport Police and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

Sergeant Michelle Jahangiri (pictured), who has worked with Northumbria Police for 11 years, said:

"I joined the police because I care about people. What better way to help people than become a police officer and my colleagues feel exactly the same way. I think the Code of Ethics builds on this and it will only make us better because is enshrines everything that we are. We can wear it as a badge of honour because this is who we are - we care.

"On a day-to-day basis we have to face difficult ethical dilemmas. It's a hard job that we do. Ethics is about having pride in what you do and professionalism and compassion to people inside and outside of work.

"We always strive to improve, and that's what makes British policing the best in the world, in my opinion."

You can download the Code of Ethics and read Q&As on our Code of Ethics page. 

As part of our Integrity Programme, which created the Code of Ethics, we have also launched a national register containing details of chief officers' pay and reward packages. It is the first of its kind that publishes details of the accounts of all chief officers in the 43 forces in England and Wales in one place for the public to view.

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