The Code of Conduct applies to both the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Deputy (DPCC) when acting, or representing to act, in the commissioner role.
This code does not apply when either the PCC or DPCC is acting in a purely private capacity.
The OPCC has adopted this code and agreed to abide by its provisions.
The Policing Protocol provides that all parties will abide by the seven principles set out in Standards in Public Life: First Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life known as the Nolan Principles.
We will abide by the Nolan Principles which are set out below.
- Selflessness – Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.
- Integrity – Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
- Objectivity – In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
- Accountability – Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
- Openness – Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
- Honesty – Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
- Leadership – Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.
- To treat others with dignity and respect
- Not to use bullying behaviour or harass any person
- Not to conduct myself in a manner which:
- is contrary to the policing protocol and/or
- could reasonably be regarded as bringing my office into disrepute
- Not to use the resources of the elected local policing body for my personal benefit or for the benefit of myself, my friends, or any other person in relation to any business interest of mine
- Not to use the resources of the elected local policing body improperly for political purposes (including party political purposes)
- To claim expenses and allowances only in accordance with the published expenses and allowances scheme of the elected local policing body
- To act solely in the public interest and in exercising the functions of my office not act to gain financial or other benefits for myself, my family, my friends, or any person in relation to any business of mine or use or attempt to use my office to confer or secure for any person, including myself, an advantage or a disadvantage
- Within 28 days of taking office to enter in the register of disclosable interests maintained by the Monitoring Officer of the elected local policing body every disclosable interest as set out in the Schedule
- Within 28 days of any change in circumstances to enter in the register of interests the changes in so far as are related to disclosable interests
- If the nature of the interest is such that I and the Monitoring Officer consider that disclosure could lead to me or a person connected with me being subject to violence or intimidation, then any entry in the register should not include details of the interest but should indicate that the interest has been disclosed and is withheld by virtue of this section