First anniversary of the Code of Ethics

One year on since it became the College’s first code of practice

Today (Wednesday, 15 July) marks the first anniversary of the College of Policing’s Code of Ethics.

The code – a first in England and Wales - was launched on 15 July 2014 and sets out nine policing principles and ten standards of professional behaviour and was laid as a code of practice before Parliament as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The principles in the code are designed to guide decision making for everyone in policing. Combined with the standards of professional behaviour, the code will encourage officers and staff to challenge those who fall short of the standards expected.

The College is committed to ensuring the code is not simply another piece of paper but is at the heart of every policy, procedure, decision and action in policing.

The public is invited to explore the type ethical dilemmas faced by police every day in our interactive quiz, which shows how vital a consistent code of conduct across all forces is.

College of Policing CEO, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, said: “People who work in policing have begun to use the Code of Ethics in their day to day work.

“The vast majority of people in policing are individuals who act with the utmost professionalism and integrity and as their professional body we are here to support them with the decisions they have to make on a daily basis.

“It gives those working in policing the confidence to make difficult decisions based on the principles set out in the code and to challenge wrongdoing.

“We rely heavily on the support of the public and the introduction of the Code of Ethics shows them our commitment to act fairly and ethically.”

We have a dedicated Code of Ethics page on our website for police forces and the public to learn more.

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