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Code of Ethics - Use of force

Within the Codes of Ethics there are 10 standards of professional behaviour, seen below.

Honesty and integrityDuties and responsibilities
Authority, respect and courtesyConfidentiality
Authority, respect and courtesyFitness for work
Use of forceConduct
Orders and instructionsChallenging and reporting improper behaviour


Use of force

I will only use force as part of my role and responsibilities, and only to the extent that it is necessary, proportionate and reasonable in all the circumstances. 

  1. This standard is primarily intended for police officers who, on occasion, may need to use force in carrying out their duties.
  2. Police staff, volunteers and contractors in particular operational roles (for example, custody-related) may also be required to use force in the course of their duties.
  3. According to this standard you must use only the minimum amount of force necessary to achieve the required result.
  4. You will have to account for any use of force, in other words justify it based upon your honestly held belief at the time that you used the force