The Commissioner has adopted a Code of Conduct based on the Seven Principles of Public Life published by the Nolan Committee. The ‘Nolan Principles’ have been adopted widely and form the basis of codes of conduct for holders of public offices:-
Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
Holders of public office should be truthful.
Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.
The Code of Conduct applies to the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner (as and when employed by the OPCC) when acting or representing to act within that role. The Code does not apply when they are acting in a purely private capacity, although good standards of behaviour are expected from the PCC and Deputy PCC in their private affairs.
To view the PCC’s Codes of Conduct, please click on the links below:
A similar code of conduct has been agreed for members of staff employed by the Commissioner (other than a Deputy PCC):
Warwickshire County Council Leader and PCC Protocol
This protocol is the framework for managing any significant conflicts that may arise due to the fact that the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire is married to the Leader of Warwickshire County Council, Councillor Izzi Seccombe.
Complaints or conduct matters
Under regulations issued by the Home Secretary, the number of complaints or conduct matters relating to the Police and Crime Commissioner have to be published annually. Any complaints or conduct matter are considered by the Police and Crime Panel for Warwickshire (PCP), or referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).