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Code of Ethics


A Code of Ethics has been introduced for all police forces in England and Wales by the College of Policing.

It is a written guide to the principles that every member of the policing profession of England and Wales is expected to uphold and the standards of behaviour they are expected to meet.

The public must be able to trust the police to be competent and to act ethically, the Code of Ethics allows people to assess what they should expect from the police, not just police officers but every single person in the profession.

The Code of Ethics applies to all police forces across England and Wales and aims to support everyone to deliver the highest professional standards.

It is built on nine key principles: –

  • Accountability

  • Fairness

  • Honesty

  • Integrity

  • Leadership

  • Objectivity

  • Openness

  • Respect Selflessness

In Northumbria, we already have high standards and this is nothing new. It’s about doing the right thing to ensure the public maintain trust, respect and confidence in the police service.

Further information is available on the College of Policing website: