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3.04 Ethical practice in policing

Academic team: Dr Anja Schaefer, Dr Owain Smolović Jones, Dr Diana Miranda, Ben Hargreaves
Policing partners: Lancashire Police, Thames Valley Police, Metropolitan Police Service, Greater Manchester Police, Gwent Police, Avon and Somerset Police
Status: Complete

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An increased focus on ethics, including the introduction of the unified Code of Ethics, has been one response to the high level of political and media scrutiny of police conduct. This project builds on previous research conducted by the Centre for Policing Research and Learning and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the latter having implemented a code of ethics as part of the Northern Ireland peace process.

The aim of the research was to consider the newer context and practices of the Code of Ethics in English and Welsh police forces. The 12-month, in-depth, qualitative action-research project looked at:

  • police professionals’ construction of their professional and moral identities,
  • their engagement with codes of ethics and how this relates to their professional identity and their practice
  • the work of professional standards teams in ethical conduct by police officers and staff

Outputs

Title Output type Lead academic Year
Honouring the code Research paper Schaefer, Smolovic-Jones, Miranda 2017
Ethical practice in policing Final report Schaefer, Smolovic-Jones, Miranda 2017
Challenged bodies: identities at the front line Research paper Schaefer, Smolovic-Jones, Miranda 2017