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Ethics & Integrity Panel

The Police & Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable both wish to ensure high standards of integrity and ethical working within Cumbria Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.  In order to achieve such assurances and provide openness and accountability to the public, they have established an Ethics and Integrity Panel.

The College of Policing have introduced a Code of Ethics which illustrate the principles and standards of professional behaviour for the policing profession of England and Wales.  The aim of the Code of Ethics is to support each individual member of the policing profession to deliver the highest professional standards in their service to the public.

The purpose of the panel is to provide a forum which challenges, encourages and supports the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable in monitoring and dealing with integrity and ethical issues within each organisation. In order to ensure and maintain high standards of integrity and ethics there is a need for a robust, independent and transparent system of oversight of the way complaints and misconduct allegations made against police officers and staff are handled and investigated by the police.  The decisions taken, actions and behaviour of police officers and staff need to ensure public trust and confidence in policing.

The Panel

The Panel currently has four members of the public appointed to it. To view details about the Panel members click here. The members of the panel are paid an allowance and expenses in line with the approved Allowance and Remuneration Scheme. To view the scheme please click here. Role profiles have been developed for the Panel Members and the Panel Chair.

Panel Meetings

The Ethics and Integrity Panel meets on a quarterly basis (February, May, August and November) and have agreed terms of reference against which they will work.  In order to ensure openness and transparency the agenda and reports, not subject to restrictions, will be published following the panel meetings.  The Panel  provide a quarterly report to the Commissioner’s Public Accountability Conferences meetings to provide assurance on the work they have carried out and scrutinised.   The Panel produces an Annual Report which provides details of the work they have carried out during the year.

To view the papers from the panel meetings please click on the dates below:

13 March 2015

11 May 2015

12 August 2015

11 November 2015

12 February 2016

4 May 2016

8 August 2016

17 November 2016

16 February 2017

5 May 2017

21 September 2017

9 November 2017

8 February 2018 

16 May 2018

9 August 2018 

8 November 2018

11 February 2019

2 May 2019

8 August 2019

7 November 2019

6 February 2020

1 May 2020 

6 August 2020

6 November 2020

4 February 2021

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