Integrity and Transparency

Integrity in policing is about ensuring that the people who work for the police uphold the values of the service, strive to do the right thing in all situations and have the confidence of the public.

It is not simply about whether the public think the police are involved in corruption and misconduct, although clearly this is important. It is also about how well the police make decisions, deal with situations and treat people day in, day out.

If the public don't trust the police to be fair and act ethically and in their best interests, the evidence suggests they will be more likely to break the law and less inclined to help the police.

The College of Policing has therefore launched an Integrity Programme for policing in England and Wales, to embed an effective, professional and consistent approach to integrity.

Our ambition is for the public to be confident that:

  • police officers adhere to a national code of professional policing practice and will receive professional development throughout their careers
  • a rigorous system of vetting is applied to everyone joining the police, seeking promotion and entering chief officer ranks
  • their local police force encourages internal challenge of wrongdoing
  • officers or staff who have been dismissed from the service will be prevented from re-joining any police force or policing body
  • there is transparency around chief officers' pay and rewards, gift and hospitality and business interests.

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We welcome your feedback on the Integrity Programme. Please email your views to

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