A NEW code of ethics for everyone working in policing announced this week has been welcomed by both North Yorkshire Police and Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan.

Developed by the College of Policing, it sets out the standards of behaviour that the public can expect from all officers and police staff in every role, at every level.

Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Dave Jones, said: "We welcome the introduction of the Code of Ethics which sets out clearly defined principles for our officers and staff to uphold as they work to protect our communities.

"The public rightly expect the highest standards of behaviour from the professionals tasked with keeping them safe, often when they are at their most vulnerable. The code will benefit members of the public as it documents the standards of behaviour that they should expect from everyone who they come into contact with at North Yorkshire Police."

He added policing was a difficult but rewarding job.

"Every day we have to make decisions that affect people's lives, often under extreme pressure. The code is designed to assist this decision making and will also empower our officers and staff to challenge any unethical behaviour they witness."

Mrs Mulligan said police were faced with difficult and complex situations on a daily basis.

“Dealing with these takes great skill and at times courage. The new Code of Ethics is designed to help the police do their job in the best possible way. It is therefore an important new tool, which I welcome. I will be taking a good look at how it is implemented, as it needs to be embedded in the culture of North Yorkshire Police. "