The code of ethics is a code of practice for the principles and standards of professional behaviour for the policing profession of England and Wales.

The standards of professional behaviour that are expected of every member of our workforce are contained in the Code of Ethics.

Ethical behaviour comes from the values, beliefs, attitudes and knowledge that guide the judgements of each individual Police Officer.

There are nine policing principles that are built on the Nolan Principles of Public Life, with the addition of 'Fairness' and 'Respect'.

Our nine policing principles are:

  • accountability
  • integrity
  • openness
  • fairness
  • leadership
  • respect
  • honesty
  • objectivity
  • selflessness

These principles should also underpin every decision and action across policing. They should be used in day-to-day operational activities which include stop and search.