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Standards of Professional Behaviour

All roles in the force are governed by a professional code of conduct.

For police officers these guidelines are set by the Home Office.

Derbyshire Constabulary and its members are committed to not only the highest standards of professional behaviour but to the promotion of those standards within the organisation.

Members of the Derbyshire policing family understand that this is a full-time commitment and is adopted not only within the workplace but in how we portray the organisation to the wider public.

The confidence of the public in Derbyshire Constabulary is very important and all members of the force are expected to behave in a manner that upholds the highest levels of integrity, the force Values and the professional code of conduct whether on or off duty.

Police Staff Standards of Professional Behaviour

Honesty and Integrity

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

Authority, Respect and Courtesy

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

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

Equality and Diversity

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

Use of Restraint

Police staff only use restraint as part of their roles and responsibilities to the extent that it is necessary, proportionate and reasonable in all the circumstances.

Instructions

Police staff only give and carry out reasonable instructions.

Police staff follow all reasonable instructions and abide by force policies.

Work and Responsibilities

Police staff are diligent in the exercise of their work and responsibilities

Confidentiality

Police staff treat information with respect and access or disclose it only in the proper course of their work.

Fitness for Work

Police staff when at work are fit to carry out their duties.

Discreditable Conduct

Police staff behave in a manner which does not discredit the police service or undermine public confidence in the police service.

Police staff report any conviction or caution against them for a criminal offence.

Challenging and Reporting Improper Conduct

Police staff whilst at work report, challenge or take action against the conduct of colleagues which have fallen below the standards of professional behaviour expected.

Police Officer Standards of Professional Behaviour

Honesty and Integrity

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

Authority, Respect & 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 is necessary, proportionate and reasonable in all the circumstances.

Orders & Instructions

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

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

Duties & 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 that does not discredit the police service or undermine public confidence, 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 & 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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