Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary, together with their respective Police and Crime Commissioners, recognise their commitment to integrity is essential to the legitimacy of policing. We value the public’s trust and confidence in policing, and to earn this we need to be open to scrutiny and transparent and our behaviours, actions and decisions must always consider public interest.
Professional ethics is far wider than just acting with integrity; it incorporates the requirement to give an account of our judgements, acts and omissions. In simple terms it is not only about doing the right thing but also doing it for the right reason.
We believe our Joint Independent External Ethics Committee will be a key contributor to maintaining and improving trust and confidence in the two Forces.
The remit of the Committee is to promote the highest standards of ethical conduct and to act as a ‘critical friend’ to both forces, providing a focus for education, a source of support and a measure of compliance with organisational values. The Committee will ensure senior leaders are aligned to both their force values and those of the Code of Ethics, through scrutinising, challenging and advising the organisations in areas such as:
- Police culture
- Complex operational decision making
- Themes of national significance
- Strategic influence
- Development and management of resources and estate
Chief Officers in Cleveland and Durham Police are operating in an increasingly complex business environment as well as an operationally challenging one. We are confident that the skills and experience of our Committee Members can assist with the decision making of senior leaders within Cleveland and Durham Police and improve our transparency for the benefits of the communities we serve.
External Ethics Committee Members
Craig L. Marshall B.Ed, Ph.D (Chair)
Craig's career was in religious education as a teacher and administrator for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Craig currently serves as minister for the Billingham congregation of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is also chair of the Cleveland and Tees Valley Interfaith Group, and
a member of the Middlesbrough Interfaith Network. He is married to Barbara and they are the parents of five children. Now retired, Craig enjoys cycling and walking in the Lake District.
Dave Smith B.Tech, M.Ed (Vice Chair)
Dave worked in children’s services for over thirty-five years, with a particular focus on raising the achievement of vulnerable groups. During this time he worked in various local authorities as a teacher, educational psychologist and, latterly, as an Assistant Director. He subsequently worked as an Adviser for the Department for Education and as a member of the National Children's Improvement Board. During this period Dave also lead on Succession Planning and Leadership Development for the North East Regional Directors of Children’s and Adult Services. Dave enjoys walking, reading and watching rugby, interspersed with regular visits to France.
Tamara works for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons. She previously worked in the prison service for 13 years in a variety of different roles and establishments. Tamara recently completed a piece of research via a fellowship with the Griffin's Society, in conjunction with Cambridge University, which explored prison being used as a place of safety for women with complex mental health needs. She is a keen runner regularly participating in organised events to raise money for charity.Tamara loves to travel, watch rugby but most of all, spend time with her two children
Pauline is a senior lecturer in criminology at Teesside University with particular interests in police, policing, prison and punishment. Her PhD was an ethnographic study of operational community policing and she has published in the area of front line policing in international peer reviewed journals. She has also been involved the development of policing and education programmes on a national and international level. Away from work Pauline is an avid football fan and a long time season ticket holder at Middlesbrough Football Club. She enjoys travelling and relaxing with family and friends.
Stephen studied his medical degrees in St Andrews and Manchester. He then trained in Paediatrics in many locations including Glasgow, Portsmouth, Southampton, Vancouver, Melbourne and the North East. He is currently a Consultant Paediatrician and the Designated Doctor for Child Protection for County Durham and Darlington. Outside of work Stephen lives with Suzanne near Durham, has three big kids, and undertakes marathons and long bike rides mostly in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. When he retires in 2018 he hopes to become a local theatre director.
Tresor is a former Airline Pilot and worked extensively overseas. He is currently one of the Directors of Justice First. He holds an ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence)/ Master’s Degree in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from Teesside University. He speaks four languages and lectures on a sessional basis on African geostrategic developments. With his free time he loves to teach French, play chess, read and spend quality time with his family.
Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1997, working in general high street practice. He moved into commercial practice in 1998, then from 2002 onward set up as a freelance solicitor, in both private practice and the public sector. In recent years Richard has focussed on public sector work, particularly working for Local Planning Authorities in the North of England. Since January 2012 my main role has been Authority Solicitor and Deputy Monitoring Officer at North York Moors National Park Authority.
- Code of Ethics Page (College of Policing website)
- Ethics Committees (Cleveland Police website)
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