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The Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008

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Regulation 3

SCHEDULEStandards of Professional Behaviour

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  • Honesty and Integrity

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

  • Authority, Respect and Courtesy

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

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

  • Equality and Diversity

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

  • Use of Force

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

  • Orders and Instructions

    Police officers only give and carry out lawful orders and instructions.

    Police officers abide by police regulations, force policies and lawful orders.

  • Duties and Responsibilities

    Police officers are diligent in the exercise of their duties and responsibilities.

  • Confidentiality

    Police officers treat information with respect and access or disclose it only in the proper course of police duties.

  • Fitness for Duty

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

  • Discreditable Conduct

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

    Police officers 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

    Police officers report, challenge or take action against the conduct of colleagues which has fallen below the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

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