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Code of ethics

A Code of Practice for the Principles and Standards of Professional Behaviour for the Policing Profession of England and Wales.

Policing principles

Every person working for the police service must work honestly and ethically. The public expect the police to do the right thing in the right way. Basing decisions and actions on a set of policing principles will help to achieve this.

  • Accountability
  • Fairness
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Objectivity
  • Openness
  • Respect
  • Selflessness

Standards of professional behaviour

These standards reflect the expectations that the professional body and the public have of the behaviour of those working in policing.
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Equality and diversity
  • Use of force
  • Orders and instructions
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Confidentiality
  • Fitness for work
  • Conduct
  • Challenging and reporting improper conduct
More information about the Code of Ethics can be viewed here.

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