Gwent PCC and Chief Welcome Code of Ethics

1st July 2014

The Code of Ethics was laid before Parliament last week and sets out and defines the exemplary standards of behaviour expected of everyone who works in policing.

The Code of Ethics will apply to more than 220,000 officers, police staff, contractors and volunteers working in policing in the UK.

It sets out the standards of behaviour that the public can expect from officers and staff at every role and at every level and will help guide decision making.

The Code comes after the College of Policing was granted new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to set codes of practice for police.

Welcoming the Code of Ethics, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Ian Johnston, said: "We fully support the new code of ethics. We have been doing a lot of work internally to make sure that every single officer and member of staff understands the professional standards we require of them at all times. This complements and clarifies the high standards we already expect from all of our employees."

In law Chief Constables must have regard to codes of practice.

Gwent Police Chief Constable, Jeff Farrar, added: "The Code of Ethics complements the fair, caring and professional culture we already have in place within Gwent Police."

"The Police and Crime Commissioner and myself are totally agreed that focusing on what matters to our communities and delivering a quality service is what should underpin everything we do. The launch of the Code will help reinforce this and will help the public understand the level of service they can and should expect from us."

To learn more about the Code of Ethics logon to

The College of Policing has also launched an online video of frontline officers and police staff talking about the importance of the Code of Ethics and what it means to them. The video can be viewed here: