Code of Ethics

Chief Constable's commitment to the Code of Ethics

Thames Valley Police welcomes the Code of Ethics for the police service of the UK.

The Code is a national set of principles and standards developed by the College of Policing which apply to more than 220,000 people working in policing nationally.

It sets out the principles to guide decision making and the standards of behaviour that the public can expect from officers and staff at every role and at every level.

The Code comes after the College of Policing was granted new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, to set codes of practice for policing. Since receiving Royal Assent, Chief Constables must have regard for codes of practice.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: “I welcome the introduction of the Code of Ethics.

“The Code makes explicit the ethical principles and standards that guide the difficult decisions that everyone in policing has to make. It provides an ethical framework which will support everyone in the service by empowering them to make the best possible decisions in each situation and to be able to account for those decisions with pride.

“It is primarily about encouraging excellence in policing, not about misconduct. It is there to help everyone who works in policing do the right thing in the right way.

“Our staff and officers already strive to achieve high standards and this code will help us to improve even further the service we give to the public. The Force is not complacent and Thames Valley Police will seek to exceed the obligation to have ‘due regard’, by embedding the Code into everything we do.”

For more information on the Code, visit the College of Policing website (opens new window).