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Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000

Section 52: Code of Ethics

67.This section requires the Board to issue, following consultation, a code of ethics for laying down standards of conduct and practice for police officers and making officers aware of the rights and obligations arising out of the European Convention of Human Rights.  The code will be drafted by the Chief Constable for the Board’s approval.  In preparing the code both the Board and the Chief Constable are required to have regard to the terms of the declaration made by constables under section 38.  The Chief Constable is required to take steps to ensure that all officers have read and understood the Code (subsection (8)). The Board will keep those steps under review (subsection (9)). The Secretary of State must, so far as practicable, ensure the provisions of the code are reflected in police conduct regulations (subsection (10)).

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