New rules for police to improve force reputation

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

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