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Police Code Of Conduct

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Police Code Of Conduct

Post by assassin on Wed May 03, 2017 3:15 am

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR POLICE OFFICERS

1
(a) The primary duties of those who hold the office of constable are the protection of life
and property, the preservation of the Queen’s peace, and the prevention and detection of
criminal offences. To fulfil these duties police officers are granted extraordinary powers; the
public and the police service therefore have the right to expect the highest standards of
conduct from them.

(b) This Code sets out the principles which guide police officers’ conduct. It does not
seek to restrict officers’ discretion: rather, it aims to define the parameters of conduct within
which that discretion should be exercised. However, it is important to note that any breach of
the principles in this Code may result in action being taken by the organisation, which, in
serious cases, could involve dismissal.

(c) Police behaviour, whether on or off duty, affects public confidence in the police
service. Any conduct which brings or is likely to bring discredit to the police service may be
the subject of sanction. Accordingly, any allegation of conduct which could, if proved, bring
or be likely to bring discredit to the police service should be investigated in order to establish
whether or not a breach of the Code has occurred and whether formal disciplinary action is
appropriate. No investigation is required where the conduct, if proved, would not bring or
would not be likely to bring, discredit to the police service.
Honesty and integrity

1. It is of paramount importance that the public has faith in the honesty and integrity of
police officers. Officers should therefore be open and truthful in their dealings; avoid being
improperly beholden to any person or institution; and discharge their duties with integrity.
Fairness and impartiality

2. Police officers have a particular responsibility to act with fairness and impartiality in
all their dealings with the public and their colleagues.
Politeness and tolerance

3. Officers should treat members of the public and colleagues with courtesy and respect,
avoiding abusive or deriding attitudes or behaviour. In particular, officers must avoid:
favouritism of an individual or group; all forms of harassment, victimisation or unreasonable
discrimination; and overbearing conduct to a colleague, particularly to one junior in rank or
service.

Use of force and abuse of authority

1 See Schedule 1 to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2004
iii

4. Officers must never knowingly use more force than is reasonable, nor should they
abuse their authority.

Performance of duties

5. Officers should be conscientious and diligent in the performance of their duties.
Officers should attend work promptly when rostered for duty. If absent through sickness or
injury, they should avoid activities likely to retard their return to duty.

Lawful orders

6. The police service is a disciplined body. Unless there is good and sufficient cause to
do otherwise, officers must obey all lawful orders and abide by the provisions of Police
Regulations. Officers should support their colleagues in the execution of their lawful duties,
and oppose any improper behaviour, reporting it where appropriate.
Confidentiality

7. Information which comes into the possession of the police should be treated as
confidential. It should not be used for personal benefit and nor should it be divulged to other
parties except in the proper course of police duty. Similarly, officers should respect, as
confidential, information about force policy and operations unless authorised to disclose it in
the course of their duties.

Criminal offences

8. Officers must report any proceedings for a criminal offence taken against them.
Conviction of a criminal offence or the administration of a caution may of itself result in
further action being taken.

Property

9. Officers must exercise reasonable care to prevent loss or damage to property
(excluding their own personal property but including police property).

Sobriety

10. Whilst on duty2 officers must be sober3. Officers should not consume alcohol when
on duty unless specifically authorised to do so or it becomes necessary for the proper
discharge of police duty.

2 For senior officers and superintendents, "on duty" includes any period when the officer is off duty but has
agreed to be available for recall to duty to deal with matters, which might occur within the area(s) he/she has
agreed to cover. It does not apply to the general 24-hour responsibility that senior officers and superintendents
have for their own command area/department.

3 An officer who is unexpectedly called out for duty should be able, at no risk of discredit, to say that he or she
has had too much to drink.
iv

Appearance

11. Unless on duties which dictate otherwise, officers should always be well turned out,
clean and tidy whilst on duty in uniform or in plain clothes.

General conduct

12. Whether on or off duty, police officers should not behave in a way which is likely to
bring discredit upon the police service.
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