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South-west signs up to new police code of ethics

Regional SouthWest PCCs

South-west Regional Police and Crime Commissioner's

The South West's five Police and Crime Commissioners have committed to the new College of Policing Code of Ethics which would see every police officer abide to a 'hippocratic oath' similar to those taken by doctors.

At their regional meeting (27.11.2013) at Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters in Portishead, Sue Mountstevens, Angus McPherson, Tony Hogg, Martyn Underhill and Martin Surl (not present) agreed to adopt the Code, setting out the principles and standards of behaviour expected of police officers.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "I think many residents would rightly expect a Code like this to be in place within the police service.

"There have been a number of high profile cases lately that have called into question the standards of behaviour of police officers and many people have been shocked by what has happened.

"While most police officers are dedicated and hard-working, any poor behaviour damages the reputation and legitimacy of the police service and erodes the trust and confidence of local people.  I hope new measures like the Code of Ethics and a national register of officers who have been sacked will help assure the public of the standards we expect from our police service."

Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Nick Gargan said: "We have already confirmed we intend to adopt the College of Policing Code of Ethics which recently came out for consultation.

"Several other forces have already adopted the Code which seems to spell out some pretty basic requirements, proving a prompt and clear response to some very significant question marks that have been hanging over the service in the wake of national events over the past few weeks.

"I am pleased to see that colleagues in our regional forces have indicated they will be following suit and intend to sign-up to the code," said the Chief Constable.

The College of Policing is still consulting on the new Code until the Spring 2014 and any changes from the consultation will be adopted by the five police forces.

A national register of officers who have been sacked from the service will also be set up for the first time by the College of Policing.

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.

Posted on Friday 6th December 2013
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