Hampshire force signs up to code of conduct

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POLICE officers, staff and volunteers from Hampshire Constabulary have signed up to the new police ‘Code of Ethics’.

It is based around nine principles – accountability, fairness, honesty, integrity, leadership, objectivity, openness, respect and selflessness – and sets out the standards of behaviour that the public can expect from officers and staff.

Andy Marsh, Hampshire’s chief constable, said: ‘We welcome the new police code of ethics.

‘The vast majority of those working in policing already demonstrate high standards of behaviour on a daily basis.

‘Some of the decisions that we have to make in protecting our communities are extremely difficult.

‘The new code will bring greater consistency by defining expectations more clearly and it brings policing into line with other professions that have similar codes, such as medicine.

‘How we conduct ourselves every day matters and we hope this code will help the public to have ever more confidence in the police.’

The code was yesterday laid as a code of practice before Parliament, as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.