The professional relationship between a member of the police service and the public depends on trust and confidence.
Police personnel who display sexualised behaviour or build an improper emotional relationship towards a member of the public, who they have come into contact with through work, undermine the profession. They breach trust, exploit a power imbalance, act unprofessionally, take advantage, breach the standards of professional behaviour and potentially commit a criminal act.
These actions reflect negatively on police colleagues and have an impact on the professional relationships we have with the communities we serve.
The Code of Ethics and the Standards of Professional Behaviour set out and define the expected level of professionalism of all the Constabulary’s officers and staff.
The code of ethics states:
Such behaviours will not be tolerated by the Constabulary and we welcome your support and assistance in raising the standards of policing for our communities.
If you are aware of any such behaviours, please report to our Professional Standards department by emailing PSD@avonandsomerset.police.uk or calling 01275 816029.