The public, police officers and police staff are being asked for their views on the first Code of Ethics for policing in England and Wales.
The consultation on the draft code, launched on 24 October 2013 by the College of Policing, runs for five weeks until November 29. The final code is expected to be published next spring.
The Code of Ethics will set out the standards of behaviour expected of everyone in policing. It will apply to the more than 220,000 police officers and staff across England and Wales. It emphasises the importance of personal integrity, honesty and fairness.
Chief Constable Alex Marshall, Chief Executive of the College of Policing, said:
"The Code of Ethics is a first for policing in England and Wales. It is a national document reflecting the core principles and standards of behaviour that every member of the police service should strive to maintain. In drafting this code, the College of Policing has worked with representatives of the Police Federation, the Superintendents' Association, ACPO, UNISON and Police and Crime Commissioners. We do not want this to be 'just another document' for officers and staff to read. It must be one that is used to help people make professional decisions - to do the right thing in the right way. It encourages officers and staff to report improper conduct and never ignore unprofessional behaviour by a colleague."
Professor Shirley Pearce, independent Chair of the College of Policing, said:
"It is vital the public are able to have confidence in the integrity of the police. A Code of Ethics is an important part of an extensive programme of work the College is doing to raise professional standards. I am keen that the public have an opportunity to contribute to its development. We are all affected by what the police do and how they do it. We want this Code of Ethics to describe how the public expects - and needs - the police to behave. Please comment on this draft code. We will listen to your views on it."
Many other recognised professions have a specific Code of Ethics. This code is aligned with existing police regulations and professional standards and has been influenced by the Code of Ethics put in place when the Police Service of Northern Ireland was established.
The draft Code of Ethics is being made available to everyone. It can be accessed on the College of Policing website at:
Any comments can be emailed to:
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