This Code sets out the principles which guide police officers’ conduct. It does not seek to restrict officers’ discretion: rather, it aims to define the parameters of conduct within which that discretion should be exercised. However, it is important to note that any breach of the principles in this Code may result in action being taken by the organisation, which, in serious cases, could involve dismissal.
The Police (Conduct) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 imported a provision into the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 that prevented officers from retiring or resigning whilst under investigation. Yet recent events in Sussex Police display how it is still possible for an officer to avoid dismissal and tender their resignation despite being under investigation.
More than 440 former police officers were placed on a national Disapproved Register in its first 12 months, the College of Policing said today. A total of 444 officers ranging in rank from police constable to superintendent were placed on the list to prevent them from re-entering the police service.
According to Ministry of Justice guidelines, cautions are intended to deliver swift and effective justice, reducing the burden on the police and courts, while delivering a suitable deterrent effect. However a review of the system was recently announced after concerns were expressed that too many cautions were being issued to repeat offenders accused of serious offences.