British Police Officers will face disciplinary action for failure to be polite under new plans to be announced by ministers next week. According to the Daily Telegraph, the government plans to implement a ten-point code of ethics, requiring officers to treat the public and colleagues with “courtesy and respect”.
The code will also advise Police that they should not have sex or use drugs whilst on duty or be “unfit or impaired for duty as a result of drinking alcohol”. The rules seem so obvious that it has prompted police officers to ask whether the document is not just stating the obvious.
The rules are being drawn up by the College of Policing, and are intended to repair the damage done by recent scandals such as “plebgate”. The plebgate incident came about when Police Officers accused the then Government Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell, of calling them “plebs” in an incident outside Number Ten Downing Street. As reported on Breitbart London, various officers have been sacked over the incident but one has been imprisoned.
The rules will also encourage officers of all grades to report colleagues who breach ethical and professional guidelines, regardless of their rank or position. Those who fall foul of the rules risk losing their jobs.
James Clappison, a member of the Home Affairs select committee, said: “The overwhelming majority of the police are polite to the public but I think it is useful to set out.
“I think this will be good for the police themselves and for the public and give them even greater confidence in them. The overwhelmingly majority of police are decent and conscientious.
“If officers breach the code of ethics a range of sanctions are available. Officers may simply be given a verbal warning or moved to another team, but more significant failures will require formal investigation and may result in an individual losing their job.”
The new rules come after the Home Secretary Theresa May forced the policing union, known as the Police Federation, to accept sweeping changes. The Federation was widely blamed for Plebgate and is now considered a key opponent of the Conservative leadership of the coalition government.