Police forces across the country are to be given a new Code of Ethics.

 The code is a national set of values which will apply to more than 220,000 officers, police staff, contractors and volunteers working in policing.

 It sets out the standards of behaviour that the public can expect from officers and staff at every role and at every level and will help guide decision making.

 The code comes after the College of Policing was granted new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to set codes of practice for police.

 In law Chief Constables must have regard to codes of practice.

 Assistant Cheshire Chief Constable Guy Hindle said: “The code is not about misconduct − it is about doing the right thing in the right way. Cheshire Police welcomes the new ethical code which will complement the ethos of the force and the standards already expected from its employees.

 John Dwyer, the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner said: I am conscious that recent high profile cases have highlighted the need for professionalism in the police service. I want to reassure the people of Cheshire that the officers of the constabulary operate within a robust ethical framework and this code supports that.”