PCC Code of Conduct

This Code applies to the Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) when acting in that role.

This Code does not apply when the PCC is acting in a purely private capacity.

General Obligations

I agree:

  1. To treat others with dignity and respect.
  2. Not to use bullying behaviour or harass any person.
  3. Not to conduct myself in a manner which:
    1. is contrary to the policing protocol. and/or
    2. could reasonably be regarded as bringing my office into disrepute.
Use of resources

I agree:

  1. Not to use the resources of the Office of the Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for my personal benefit or for the benefit of myself, my friends, or any other person in relation to any business interest of mine.
  2. Not to use the resources of the OPCC improperly for political purposes (including party political purposes).
  3. To claim expenses and allowances only in accordance with the published expenses and allowances scheme of the OPCC.
Register of Disclosable Interests

(including those arising in relation to gifts and hospitality and those of a pecuniary nature)

I agree:

  1. 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.
  2. Within 28 days of taking office to enter in the register of disclosable interests maintained by the monitoring officer of the OSPCC every disclosable interest as set out in the Schedule.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Conflicts of interests

In any case where the interests of exercising the functions of my office may conflict with any disclosable or other interest, which has become known to me, I shall as soon as possible declare such conflict as is required in accordance with the policy issued under Para 3 of the Elected Local Policing Body (Specified Information) Order 2011 and determine whether the conflict of interest is so substantial that the function should not be exercised personally but should be delegated or dealt with in some other manner to ensure the conflict of interest does not arise.

Disclosure of information

I agree:

  1. not to disclose information given to me in confidence or information acquired by me which is of a confidential nature, unless I have the consent of a person authorised to give it or I am required by law to do so or for the lawful purposes of my office provided that I shall not be prevented from disclosure to a third party for the purpose of obtaining professional legal advice where the third party agrees not to disclose the information to any other person;
  2. that any disclosure made by me shall be reasonable, be in the public interest and made in good faith.
  3. not to prevent another person from gaining access to information to which that person is entitled by law.
Gifts and Hospitality

The register of interests and gifts and hospitality shall be published on the OPCC’s website.

The Seven Nolan Principles of Public Life

The Committee on Standards in Public Life promotes high standards of behaviour in the public sphere through the Seven Principles of Public Life enunciated by the Nolan Committee.

The Policing Protocol states that all parties will abide by the seven Nolan principles set out by the Committee for Standards in Public Life. The Committee recommends them for the benefit of all who serve the public in any way.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

The Commissioner’s Fund

Here in Gloucestershire, PCC Martin Surl allocates 1% of the overall policing budget to the Commissioner’s Fund, which supports county-based projects that deliver one or more of our priorities. Our aim is to work directly with communities to make Gloucestershire safer.

About the fund

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