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Integrity

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Integrity is at the heart of British Policing and is fundamental to the public having genuine trust and confidence in what we do. The officers and staff working for Nottinghamshire Police are amongst the finest in the land and when one individual compromises the reputation of the police service it impacts on us all.

We should strive to be open and transparent in our dealings with the public, consistently aiming to give the highest quality of service, but not being afraid to reflect and explore ways in which we can learn and improve that service as a result.

This webpage pulls together all the strands of integrity and shows how it is woven in to daily policing.  It reinforces to the public and colleagues alike our blunt refusal to be compromised. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

Any relevant articles relating to integrity are published in the news section of our website.

Misconduct Hearings

Home Office regulations laid down in March 2015 now mean that police disciplinary hearings can be held in public. The measures aim to improve transparency and accountability and ensure public confidence.

Hearings will normally be held at Nottinghamshire Police HQ, Sherwood Lodge, Arnold, NG5 8PP.

Hearings are heard by a panel of three, most typically chaired by a Chief Officer (although this will change to a legally qualified chair in January 2016) who is assisted by an officer of Superintendent rank and an independent lay person. 

The facts will be heard by the panel often with the assistance of live witnesses to enable the panel to make a determination. At the end of the hearing the officer will be found or not found to have breached professional standards.

If the officer is found to have committed gross misconduct the available sanctions are:

  • Dismissal without notice
  • Dismissal with notice
  • Final Written Warning
  • Written warning
  • Management advice

Public or Private?

All misconduct or special case hearings should be held in public. As laid down in the 2015 regulations, there are occasions where the Chair has to decide on circumstances when a hearing, or parts of a hearing, may not be in public. The Chair will make a decision balanced on representations made by parties connected with the hearing. That decision and the rationale for it will be posted with the hearing listing.

How do I attend?

Nottinghamshire Police will publish information about public misconduct or special case hearings here at least five working days before the hearing.

Public wishing to attend:

Space is limited and you must register in advance once we have published details of a hearing to be held in public. Full details of how to go about this will be listed along with details of the hearing.

Press wishing to attend:

Members of the press must register their interest to attend.Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If there are large numbers of media organisations interested in attending you may be asked to pool copy.

Conditions of entry:

All attendees will need to provide photographic identification on the day of admittance to the misconduct hearing to allow verification of their identity. They will also have to sign to adhere to a number of conditions  allowing them entry. No recording or filming of the proceedings is allowed.

Outcomes:

All misconduct outcomes will be published, where appropriate, on the Force website under News.

Counter Corruption Strategy and Plan

Access to Information - Registers

Code of Ethics

The people of England and Wales expect the police to safeguard the rule of law, act impartially and fairly, and provide a professional and selfless service.

The Code of Ethics for policing, has been developed by the College of Policing and provides a framework to set and maintain the highest possible standards from everyone in policing in England and Wales.

Peelian Principles

Robert Peel developed the Peelian Principles in 1857 to define an ethical police force. Even though we have our modern Code of Ethics the messages within these principles are still relevant today.

  • The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder
  • The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions
  • Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public
  • The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force
  • Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law
  • Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient
  • Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence
  • Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary
  • The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

Links

The ACPO Police Integrity Model

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)

Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is a non-departmental public body in England and Wales responsible for overseeing the system for handling complaints made against police forces in England and Wales.

Tel: 0300 020 0096 

Email: enquiries@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk