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South Wales Police

Our Vision, Values and Ethics

Our Vision

To be the best at understanding and responding to our communities.

Our Values

To be proud, professional and positive in everything we do.

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics is the written guide to the principles that every member of the policing profession of England and Wales is expected to uphold and the standards of behaviour they are expected to meet.

It is the first time these principles and standards of behaviour have been set out in a single document, and is intended to be used on a day-to-day basis to guide behaviour and decision-making. The Code of Ethics has been produced by the College of Policing in its role as the professional body for policing. It sets and defines the exemplary standards of behaviour for everyone who works in policing.

Joint Independent Ethics Committee

Our Joint Independent Ethics Committee will provide advice, support and assistance concerning ethical challenges arising from operational, administrative or organisational matters facing South Wales Police.

The Committee will not deal with issues of misconduct or misbehaviour; these will continue to be dealt with by our Professional Standards Department. The ethics committee will not consider Complaints or Freedom of Information requests.

The Committee comprises of the following minimum membership:

  • Chair (independent member)
  • Vice Chair (independent member)
  • A minimum of three further independent members
  • A representative of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office
  • Chief Officer
  • Chief Superintendent
  • The Chair is Mike McNamee BA, MA, MA, PhD, Professor of Applied Ethics, and Director of the Research Institute of Ethics and Law, at Swansea University. He has published and taught ethics widely across fields as diverse as education, engineering, healthcare and medicine, research, and sports.

He will be assisted by Professor Margaret Griffiths, a retired Professor of Consumer Law who was, for six years, the Head of the Law School at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales). While at the University, she sat on the University’s Ethics Committee and was the Chair of the Ethics Committee in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The Joint Independent Ethics Committee Terms of Business sets out the scope of the Committee’s purpose and function.

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