Police Code of Ethics laid by Parliament

Code will give everyone the confidence to question colleagues regardless of rank, role or position.

Our Code of Ethics, a first for policing in England and Wales, is set to be laid as a code of practice in Parliament this month.

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. 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.

Forces have been embedding the Code since May.

Chief Inspector Lee Rukin (pictured) from Cleveland Police said: "The Code of Ethics benefits members of the public as it documents the standards they should expect from everyone in policing."

We have also hosted a number of events to help staff, officers and senior leaders to embed the Code.

Richard Berry, Assistant Chief Constable at Gloucestershire Police, attended one of our masterclasses last week. He said: "The event saw a number of experts from law enforcement, academia and the private sector debating with practitioners how we might use the Code of Ethics when dealing with serious threats such as cyber crime.

"There was a healthy focus upon ensuring that we maintain public legitimacy in our use of communications data and maximising public engagement through social media."

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