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8:12am 29th April 2014

Dorset Police signs up for new code of ethics.

Officers at Dorset Police will now be expected to follow a new set of guidelines as part of a national initiative developed by The College of Policing.

The Code of Ethics was launched last week, and aims to build public trust through responsible policing. The focus is to avoid situations of potential misconduct by providing a clear set of principles and guidelines.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson from Dorset Police said: "The Code of Ethics is about self-awareness, ensuring that everyone in policing is empowered to always do the right thing and feel confident to challenge colleagues irrespective of their rank, role or position."

Dorset Police are expecting all officers and staff to sign up to the values, but it is currently down to individual forces as to how they are used. It is hoped the codes of practice will go before Parliament this summer, in order to make them legally binding.

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