POLICE in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are to sign up to a new 'Code of Ethics', being presented to parliament today (Tuesday).
The code is part of the 'Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014' and it will be adopted by all 43 police forces across England and Wales.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight police said it would help officers, staff and volunteers be more consistent and accountable for the complex, split-second judgements they have to make.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: "The new code will bring greater consistency by defining expectations more clearly and it brings policing into line with other professions that have similar codes, such as medicine.
"How we conduct ourselves every day matters, and we hope this code will help the public to have ever more confidence in the police."
The document is based around nine principles; accountability, fairness, honesty, integrity, leadership, objectivity, openness, respect and selflessness.
Research carried out for the Code of Ethics included interviews with more than 2,000 members of the public. When posed with ethical dilemmas like those police officers might face during the course of work,
68% of respondents said they wouldn’t want to be in the position of a police officer or staff member when making those decisions.
Andy Marsh said: "As this research shows, some of the decisions that we have to make in protecting our communities are extremely difficult."
The College of Policing has released a video of police staff talking about the importance of the new Code of Ethics, which can be seen below: