The new Code of Ethics reflects the challenges of modern-day policing and supports all officers and staff to do the right things, in the right way and for the right reasons.
It outlines how policing will work with the public and is designed to support officers and staff who want to do the best possible job for the communities they serve.
ACC Nikki Mayo said: “Our own Culture and values work, and the Code of Ethics, complement each other well, with a focus on being open, honest and candid and delivering the highest possible standard of policing to the communities of Lincolnshire.”
The Code of Ethics principles have been revised and three new ones developed, which are:
COURAGE: making, communicating and being accountable for decisions, and standing against anything that could bring our profession into disrepute.
RESPECT AND EMPATHY: encouraging, listening to and understanding the views of others, and seeking to recognise and respond to the physical, mental and emotional challenges that we and other people may face.
PUBLIC SERVICE: working in the public interest, fostering public trust and confidence, and taking pride in providing an excellent service to the public.
How does it fit with our own values and culture in Lincolnshire?
Our own values sync well with the new Code of Ethics because they mirror the main objectives set out in it. The values we aspire to continually uphold in Lincolnshire Police are:
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 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 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.
If we incorporate the objectives and strategy of the Code of Ethics, we have the joint mission statement:
“We are courageous, open, fair and inclusive, and we do the right things, in the right way, for the right reasons."
ACC Mayo added: “This belongs to everyone – police officers and staff. We have a responsibility to ourselves and the communities we serve to make sure we act ethically at all times. We are pleased to support the new Code of Ethics and will be embedding them across the force to ensure they are values that are lived by everyone across the organisation.”
More details can be found on the College of Policing website here.