Our values and behaviours

We want to work together to make Lincolnshire the safest place to live, work and visit

Our culture at Lincolnshire Police is about who we are, what we stand for and how we act in order to work together to make Lincolnshire the safest place to live, work and visit. We are passionate and Proud to serve the communities of Lincolnshire, and we value all our dedicated colleagues who seek to achieve and maintain the highest standards of policing for our county. 


We are willing to stand up and do the right thing and question actions that do not align with our values. We are courageous and protect and support our communities and our colleagues.

We are OPEN

We look beyond the obvious response and are willing to explore all possibilities. We try new things and always take opportunities to learn in order to improve our service. We embrace creativity.

We are FAIR

We act in a consistent, transparent and just manner, understanding and treating people according to their needs. We treat people well and keep our promises.


We value all people, recognising and celebrating the positive benefits that our diversity and difference brings. We are respectful and considerate, putting people at the heart of what we do.

Doing the Right Thing in the Right Way

Every person working for the police service must work honestly and ethically. The public expect the police to do the right thing in the right way. Basing decisions and actions on a set of policing principles will help to achieve this.

The principles set out in this Code of Ethics originate from the ‘Principles of Public Life’ published by the Committee on Standards in Public Life in 1995, as these continue to reflect public expectations. The Code includes the principles of ‘fairness’ and ‘respect’ as research has shown these to be crucial to maintaining and enhancing public confidence in policing.

These policing principles reflect the personal beliefs and aspirations that in turn serve to guide behaviour and shape the policing culture. The combination of principles and standards of behaviour encourages consistency between what people believe in and aspire to, and what they do.

Policing Principles

  • Accountability: You are answerable for your decisions, actions and omissions.
  • Fairness: You treat people fairly.
  • Honesty: You are truthful and trustworthy.
  • Integrity: You always do the right thing.
  • Leadership: You lead by good example.
  • Objectivity: You make choices on evidence and your best professional judgement.
  • Openness: You are open and transparent in your actions and decisions.
  • Respect: You treat everyone with respect.
  • Selflessness: You act in the public interest.

Standards of Professional Behaviour

These standards reflect the expectations that the professional body and the public have of the behaviour of those working in policing. They originate from the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 (for police officers) and the Police Staff Council Joint Circular 54 (for police staff). 

The Code has adapted the wording in the Regulations and Circular 54 so that it applies to everyone. However, in misconduct proceedings against
police officers, the formal wording of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 will be used.

Honesty and Integrity

I will be honest and act with integrity at all times, and will not
compromise or abuse my position.

Authority, Respect and Courtesy

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

I will use my powers and authority lawfully and proportionately, and will respect the rights of all individuals.

Equality and Diversity

I will act with fairness and impartiality.

I will not discriminate unlawfully or unfairly.

Use of Force

I will only use force as part of my role and responsibilities, and only to the extent that it is necessary, proportionate and reasonable in all the circumstances.

Orders and Instructions

I will, as a police officer, give and carry out lawful orders only, and will abide by Police Regulations.

I will give reasonable instructions only, and will follow all reasonable instructions.

Duties and Responsibilities

I will be diligent in the exercise of my duties and responsibilities.


I will treat information with respect, and access or disclose it only in the proper course of my duties.

Fitness for Work

I will ensure, when on duty or at work, that I am fit to carry out my responsibilities.


I will behave in a manner, whether on or off duty, which does not bring discredit on the police service or undermine public confidence in policing.

Challenging and Reporting Improper Behaviour

I will report, challenge or take action against the conduct of colleagues which has fallen below the standards of professional

 1. Honesty and Integrity
 2. Authority, Respect and Courtesy
 3. Equality and Diversity
 4. Use of Force
 5. Orders and Instructions
 6. Duties and Responsibilities
 7. Confidentiality
 8. Fitness for Work
 9. Conduct
 10. Challenging and Reporting Conduct

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