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Code of Ethics Video Launched on the 11/4/19

The Code of Ethics for An Garda Síochána was developed by the Policing Authority in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended). The Policing Authority published the Code of Ethics on the 23rd January 2017. The Code outlines the values, standards and commitments expected of all Garda personnel. The Code is a clear statement which applies to every person working in An Garda Síochána, at every rank and grade. It applies both to interactions between persons working for An Garda Síochána and the public, and to interactions amongst colleagues within An Garda Síochána.

An Garda Síochána’s Code of Ethics sets out the ethical standards of conduct required by all Garda personnel. Clearly the Code of Ethics does not, nor can it, cover every situation that is encountered. Instead, the Code provides general principles that, with good judgement, can apply in the day-to-day work of the organisation.

Members of the public expect the highest standard of service from the Garda organisation and the Code of Ethics sets out very clearly, the standards and behaviours expected. At the heart of the Code is the requirement to treat everyone with respect and dignity.

By living the Code of Ethics every day, An Garda Síochána will maintain and enhance the trust and confidence of our communities, which is absolutely vital in delivering an effective police service.

This short video of a number of Garda personnel from throughout the organisation gives their views on the importance and application of the nine Code of Ethics standards in the performance of their roles and responsibilities. The nine standards are:

  • Duty to uphold the Law
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Respect and Equality
  • Authority and Responsibility
  • Police Powers
  • Information and Privacy
  • Transparency and Communication
  • Speaking up and reporting wrongdoing
  • Leadership.

It is important that we as an organisation are committed to the Code of Ethics, in a visible way to each other and to the society we serve.