Ethics in Policing
Dr Les Graham was invited to present the findings from a research study of the
impact of leadership on ethical behaviour at the Policing Professional Standards
and Ethics National Conference held on 27 November 2017. Approximately
200 people from police forces across the UK attended the conference.
Dr Graham delivered the presentation jointly with Chief Constable Iain Spittal
(Cleveland Police and National Lead for Ethics in Policing). Chief Constable Spittal discussed the importance and impact of the study for policy and practice. Dr Graham presented the findings and evidence, and explained the underpinning theory.
The policing Code of Ethics was introduced by the College of Policing in 2014, and sets out the principles and values that every member of the policing profession in England and Wales is expected to uphold. It also describes expected standards of behaviour. The main aims of this research were to provide evidence of the importance of ethical leadership in policing and the importance of the policing Code of Ethics for ethical behaviour.