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MP: Police guidelines 'will give public confidence'

A code of ethics for police forces across the country will give the public "even greater confidence" in officers, a member of an influential committee has said.

Conservative James Clappison, who sits on the Home Affairs select committee, told the Daily Telegraph:

The over-whelming majority of the police are polite to the public but I think it is useful to set out.

I think this will be good for the police themselves and for the public and give them even greater confidence in them. The overwhelmingly majority of police are decent and conscientious.

If officers breach the code of ethics a range of sanctions are available. Officers may simply be given a verbal warning or moved to another team, but more significant failures will require formal investigation and may result in an individual losing their job.

– James Clappison

Code of ethics drawn up for police

Police officers who are rude in public or work while unfit face being punished under a new code of ethics drawn up to improve the force's reputation.

The guidelines are believed to have the full backing of the Home Secretary. Credit: PA

The guidelines, written by The College of Policing, would punish officers who appeared for work under the influence of alcohol, and those who had sex or took drugs while on duty.

Officers will be urged to blow the whistle on colleagues of all ranks and failure to comply to regulations could lead to disciplinary action and even dismissal.

The College of Policing hope the guidelines will help to restore the public's faith in the police, after a series of corruption, race and behaviour while undercover scandals rocked constabularies across the UK.

The Home Secretary is understood to back the guidelines and they will go before parliament, although no date has yet been finalised.

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New rules for police to improve force reputation

The new rules follow police embarrassment over the Hillsborough cover-up and Plebgate scandal. Credit: PA

Police officers face being punished for being rude to the public under new rules planned to improve the reputation of service.

Warnings about clocking on when unfit or impaired through drinking alcohol, using drugs or having sex while on duty will also be contained in the new code of ethics.

Officers will be urged to blow the whistle on colleagues of all ranks if they breach professional standards.

Failure to abide by the rules could result in disciplinary action or even the sack.

Youth crime tsar suspended over alleged relationship

A youth crime tsar has been temporarily suspended from duty following allegations she had a relationship with a married former councillor.

Kerry Boyd became the Kent youth crime commissioner in March after her predecessor Paris Brown, then 17, resigned over offensive comments she made on Twitter.

Kerry Boyd, 19, (left) with Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, in Maidstone, Kent Credit: PA

The 20-year-old former London 2012 torchbearer is reported to have had a close friendship with former Kent county councillor Robert Burgess. A spokeswoman for Kent Police and Crime Commission Ann Barnes said that she was "supporting Kerry at this difficult time".

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Police survey 'dispels any doubt' over public feeling

Police Federation findings that two thirds of the British public feel further cuts to force budgets would put their safety in jeopardy "dispels any lingering doubt" over the long-term effects of the austerity programme, according to a police chief.

Outgoing Police Federation chairman Steve Williams said:

This survey surely dispels any lingering doubt the public would be alarmed about the effect falling numbers of police officers will have on their personal safety.

If British policing is to be able to operate to its capacity and bring justice to the millions of victims of crime, then it is vital that we protect and increase officer numbers.

Without sufficient numbers of officers, it will be ever more difficult to perform our vital role.

The public is clearly concerned without sufficient numbers of police officers, the ability of forces to protect and serve the public will be severely hampered.

– Steve Williams

'Almost two thirds' feel unsafe because of police cuts

Further cuts to police budgets as part of the Government's austerity programme would make almost two thirds of the public feel less safe, according to a survey.

The Police Federation's annual conference is currently underway. Credit: PA

The Police Federation said some 63% of the 1,828 people they spoke to said they would feel more at risk if the Government continued to tighten police budgets.

There was overwhelming support for bobbies on the ground - some 93% said the number of officers was important in affecting how good a job the police service can do.

And 55% said their feelings of safety were influenced by the number of officers available to their local force, with 19% unsure.

Police Federation slammed as 'soap opera' by MPs

A report by a committee of MPs today gave a damning verdict on the body that represents rank and file police officers in England and Wales.

The report described the organisation as "less of a Police Federation, more of a soap opera," and said it is in urgent need of reform.

This report is by ITV News Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks:

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