Police Code of Conduct

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Police Code of Conduct

Duties and Standards of conduct of a Police Officer

A Police Officer must act in a manner to preserve the confidence and consideration that his duties require.

A Police Officer must not:

  • use obscene, blasphemous or abusive language;
  • refuse to produce official identification when any person ask him/her to do so;
  • Use language that could be disrespectful of others race, sexual orientation, religion or political persuasion or any other status of any citizen or person to which he/she may come in contact with;
  • be disrespectful or impolite towards any person.

A police officer must avoid any form of abuse of authority in his relations with the public and therefore must not:

  • use greater force than is necessary to accomplish what is required or permitted;
  • make threats, intimidate or harass;
  • knowingly bring a charge against any person without grounds and,
  • abuse his authority in order to obtain a statement.

A police officer must perform his duties with integrity and therefore must not:

  • maliciously damage or destroy property belonging to a person;
  • illegally dispose of property belonging to any person and,
  • knowingly file a false or inaccurate report or recommendation concerning any person.

A police officer must respect the rights of every person in custody and avoid any indulgence towards that person and therefore must not:

  • be negligent or lack concern regarding the health or safety of a person in his custody;
  • except when necessary, search a person of the opposite sex, be present during the search of such a person, or have a person in his custody searched by a person of the opposite sex;
  • interfere in communications between a person in custody and that person's attorney;
  • use greater force than necessary on a person in custody and,
  • show, handle or point a weapon without justification.

Identification

Each member of the Constabulary, whether in uniform or plain clothes carries an identification card.

Any member of the public can request to view this identification card to satisfy himself/herself especially in the following common contact situations.

  • When stopped by any member of the Constabulary;
  • When a member is effecting an arrest;
  • When searching premises.

This identification card contains:

  • Member's photograph;
  • Name and rank;
  • Identification number;
  • The signature of the Commissioner of Police or his Representative.