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New police code of ethics is welcomed by Staffs PCC

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

Matthew Ellis

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STAFFORDSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis has welcomed the introduction of a new national code of ethics.

Mr Ellis has previously campaigned for the county’s police force to be the most open, transparent and ethical in the UK, an idea which he publicised in his ‘New Dawn of Transparency’ agenda.

His vision has received the support of Staffordshire Police chief constable Mike Cunningham.

The Ethics, Transparency and Audit (ETA) Panel is made up of nine members of the public and meets regularly to monitor the work of police including whether crime recording is honest and the process of dealing with complaints from the public is fair and honest.

Mr Ellis said: “As the public, we expect honest and ethical behaviour from police officers and the new code reinforces that expectation.

“Staffordshire’s ETA panel has used its wide-ranging and rigorous powers to scrutinise crucial areas of policing to make sure decisions made by the police are correct and are in the spirit of the new Code.”

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  • mattlong  |  July 16 2014, 2:59PM

    All good stuff. The formalisation of ethics and principles of policing is one thing but its what police officers do in practice that matters. Very few other jobs afford a police constable the wide powers of discretion which they have and that discretion can involve a sound application of common sense on the one hand or an abuse of power and position on the other.

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