All members of Dorset Police are required to adhere to national standards of professional behaviour and a national code of ethics. Those standards and ethics are publicly available documents and can be accessed via the college of policing website.
One of those standards are respect for equality and diversity. Therefore, should a member of Dorset Police breach this standard through their actions or conduct, a dedicated team, the Professional Standards Department (PSD) will record and ensure that such concerns are investigated.
Investigations are managed on a case by case basis, serious breaches can result in severe sanctions such as dismissal but less serious matters may be dealt with by advice or directed reflective practice.
Some concerns may be referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The IOPC will often investigate matters as an independent body from the police service, with the aim of maintaining trust and confidence of the public
Dorset Police is a learning organisation. We cannot learn if we are not alert to concerns and therefore, everyone should be encouraged to report any dissatisfaction following an interaction with a member of Dorset Police. Reports can be made in person at Police Stations or by contacting Dorset Police via the website.
Everyone should understand that any reports of concern are appropriately investigated in the hope that ALL complainants will be satisfied with the outcome with the ultimate the aim of ensuring that ALL residents and visitors of Dorset have the utmost trust and confidence in their police service.
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