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Independent External Ethics Committee

Cleveland Police & Durham Constabulary, together with their respective Police & 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, providing a focus for education, a source of support and a measure of compliance with organisational values. The Committee ensures senior leaders are aligned to both their force values, and those of the Code of Ethics, through scrutinising,hallenging and advising the organisations in areas such as:

    • Leadership
    • Police culture
    • Complex operational decision making
    • Themes of national significance
    • Strategic influence
    • Development and management of resources and estate

In delivering their remit, the Committee consider both broad thematic issues as well as practical day-to-day matters Chief Officers in Cleveland Police & Durham Constabulary are operating in increasingly complex and operationally challenging environments. We are confident the skills and experiences our independent members will bring can enrich the information available to Chief Officers whilst also developing our cultures of openness and transparency for the benefit of the communities we serve.​

Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger said “Supporting Cleveland Police in embedding of the Code of Ethics is a key deliverable of my Police & Crime Plan. As Monitoring Officer, my Chief of Staff attends the Internal Ethics Committee and the Transparency Integrity Values & Ethics Board and works closely with the Force in delivering organisational ethics. Transparency and integrity is at the heart of all work undertaken by the PCC and my office.”

DCC Iain Spittal said: "Ethics committees are a radical approach to increasing accountability in the police service, affording everyone the opportunity to question, challenge and change cultures which have, or are perceived to be damaging the police service."



  1. Code of Ethics Page (College of Policing website)
  2. Ethics Committees (Cleveland Police website)


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