Our code of ethics

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.

Our policing principles

There are nine policing principles that are built on the Nolan principles for public life, with the addition of 'Fairness' and 'Respect'.


You are answerable for your decisions, actions and omissions.


You always do the right thing.


You are open and transparent in your actions and decisions.


You treat people fairly.


You lead by good example.


You treat everyone with respect.


You are truthful and trustworthy.


You make choices on evidence and your best professional judgement.


You act in the public interest.

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.