Code of Conduct for Police Officers

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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.

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Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme

The Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme was announced by the Home Secretary in her statement to Parliament on 30th April 2014. The principal aims of the Scheme are to achieve greater transparency, community involvement in the use of stop and search powers and to support a more intelligence-led approach, leading to better outcomes, for example, an increase in the stop and search to positive outcome ratio.

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If I am arrested by the police, what are my rights?

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A police officer should also advise you, as a suspect of a crime, that your right to legal advice can be exercised at any time during the period of arrest, which is also sometimes referred to as ‘detention’. The police should provide you with a written notice of your rights while attending a police station and advise you of tyour right to provided with a copy of the custody record upon release from detention.

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How two officers were still able to resign despite being under investigation

Revision Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 prevents officers retiring resigning investigation

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.

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Police discipline: The new Code of Ethics and the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012

On 15 July 2014 College of Policing issued Code of Ethics

A new Code setting out policing principles and standards of professional behaviour for members of the policing profession raises questions around how incidents of minor misconduct will be dealt with. Its purpose is said to be to bring the policing profession in line with other professions with such a code and to define expectations for members of the profession.

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What accepting a police caution means

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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.

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