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The Police Service of Scotland (Conduct) Regulations 2014

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Regulation 2

SCHEDULE 1Standards of Professional Behaviour

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  • Honesty and integrity

    Constables are honest, act with integrity and do not compromise or abuse their position.

  • Authority, respect and courtesy

    Constables act with self-control and tolerance, treating members of the public and colleagues with respect and courtesy.

    Constables do not abuse their powers or authority and respect the rights of all individuals.

  • Equality and diversity

    Constables act with fairness and impartiality. They do not discriminate unlawfully or unfairly.

  • Use of force

    Constables use force only to the extent that it is necessary, proportionate and reasonable in all the circumstances.

  • Orders and instructions

    Constables give and carry out only lawful orders and instructions.

  • Duties and responsibilities

    Constables are diligent in the exercise of their duties and responsibilities.

  • Confidentiality

    Constables treat information with respect and access or disclose it only in the proper course of their duties.

  • Fitness for duty

    Constables when on duty or presenting themselves for duty are fit to carry out their responsibilities.

  • Discreditable conduct

    Constables behave in a manner which does not discredit the Police Service or undermine public confidence in it, whether on or off duty.

    Constables report any action taken against them for a criminal offence, any conditions imposed on them by a court or the receipt of any penalty notice.

  • Challenging and reporting improper conduct

    Constables report, challenge or take action against the conduct of other constables which has fallen below the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

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