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Police federation finds fault with code of ethics within regulatory framework


www.personneltoday.com | Adam McCulloch

The implementation of a new Code of Ethics for the police, which sets down the professional behaviours ‘that the public can expect to see from officers, staff and volunteers’, is facing criticism from the Police Federation of England and Wales.

The College of Policing’s Code of Ethics, designed to support “everyone in policing to deliver a service that is fair” will work alongside a separate statutory Code of Practice for Ethical Policing, which was launched in December and sets out the actions that chief officers should take to support people in their force to use the ethical policing principles and to demonstrate professional behaviour.

However, the PFEW has said it was disappointed that “significant concerns raised by us about how the revised Code of Ethics should fit within the existing regulatory framework” remained.

This was because of a mismatch between what is cited within Home Office guidance on the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020, and the new Code of Ethics.

The PFEW said that there was no guidance on handling behaviour that does not uphold policing principles or meet expected standards within the revised Code of Ethics, despite the body being involved in the consultation process to ensure the updated code was as clear as possible for members to follow. The previous code did provide general guidance, it said.

PFEW deputy national secretary, Gemma Fox, said the body fully welcomed the ethos and focus on cultivating a culture of learning,…


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