Ethics and Integrity Policing Principles

Policing Principles

A Code of Ethics has been published by the College of Policing. The nine principles listed below underpin and strengthen the existing procedures and regulations that ensure standards of professional behaviour for both police officers and police staff are met.

The code sets out the following nine principles:

  1. Selflessness
  2. Objectivity
  3. Leadership
  4. Openness
  5. Fairness
  6. Accountability
  7. Integrity
  8. Honesty
  9. Respect

Values that we expect to see demonstrated by all our employees. This code applies to every individual who works in policing, whether a warranted officer (including Special Constable), member of police staff, volunteer or someone contracted to work in the police force.

Because of the special authority invested in the police service, the public have the right to expect and deserve the highest level of ethical behaviour. The Devon and Cornwall Police wants the right employees, with this in mind you should read the following questions very carefully.

Should you answer No to any of the following, or have any doubts over whether you can comply with the principles set out below, then you should NOT submit an application.

If you wish to know why it is important for you to agree to all these principles please visit our 'Code of ethic page'.

Ethics and Integrity Policing Principles




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