College of Policing response to reports of officers and staff breaching social media guidelines Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Over a five year period 828 cases were investigated

Responding to the reports, Chief Executive of the College of Policing, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, said:

“People working in policing must always be mindful of the high standards that the public expect from us.  Our Code of Ethics, which was launched last month, sets out the standards which everyone in the service should strive to uphold whether at work or away from work, online or offline.

“The vast majority of police officers and staff uphold these high standards and in many cases are responsible for challenging and reporting colleagues who act improperly or unlawfully. Where people working in policing have undermined their own reputation or that of the wider service, they must face appropriate action.

“These figures include relatively minor matters, which can be dealt with by management advice, through to cases of misconduct which, quite rightly have resulted in officers and staff losing their jobs. There is no place in policing for officers who abuse the trust placed in us by the public.”

Notes to Editors

The Code of Ethics can be found here:  

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The College of Policing is the professional body for policing. It sets high professional standards to help forces cut crime and protect the public. The College is here to give everyone in policing the tools, skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The College of Policing will enhance the ability of police forces and individuals to deliver their mission of preventing crime and protecting the public.

The College of Policing is responsible for:

• Setting standards

• Promoting evidence-based good practice

• Accrediting training providers

• Supporting partnership working

• Leading on ethics and integrity

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