The PSAEW is delighted that the Code of Ethics has today been enshrined as a Code of Practice issued by the College of Policing.
As one of the stakeholders, we have been closely involved in the development of the Code of Ethics from the very outset, and we are very pleased to endorse the finished product. Its publication as a Code of Practice marks an important step in the journey of achieving increased professionalisation in policing.
The Code is an aspirational document to which the vast majority of police officers and staff already adhere as they go about their daily working lives. That said, it is entirely right and proper that the expectations that the Service has of its members, and of which the public has of its police, is properly documented. It is also right and proper that we are then judged by how closely we meet those standards set down within it.
Now that it has become a Code of Practice, the standards it sets must be firmly embedded within every police force across England and Wales and be adopted by everyone – from the newest and most junior member of police staff to every Chief Constable and Commissioner of Police. This will require leadership at every level of the Service, but particularly from our Chief Officers, who are responsible for setting and maintaining standards in policing. It will also require police officers and staff being willing and resolute in challenging those of their colleagues, including those senior in rank or grade to them, when the standards that they display fall below those expected of them.