BC Police Code of Ethics

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The British Columbia Police Code of Ethics became official with a signing ceremony hosted at the Justice Institute of British Columbia on January 14, 2005.

The Code of Ethics is prominently displayed at every police recruit graduation ceremony held at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

      View the printable British Columbia Police Code of Ethics.

History of the BC Police Code of Ethics

The Ethics Committee of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police worked on an initiative to articulate a commonly accepted set of ethical values for all police officers in the Province of British Columbia. This committee included:  

  • Chief Constable Derek Egan (Saanich Police Dept.), committee chair
  • The late Deputy Chief Paul Tinsley (Ret., Abbotsford Police Dept.) 
  •  Deputy Chief Carolyn Daley (Ret., Vancouver Police Dept.)
  • Inspector Dan Ritchie (Canadian National Police)
  • Assist. Commissioner Gary Bass ("E" Division, Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  •  Mr. Steve Watt, former Director, Police Academy (JIBC).

The committee had the privilege of working with representatives from the RCMP and all municipal police departments, including Tom Stamatakis, President of the Vancouver Police Union, and Don McKenzie, President of the BC Federation of Police Officers. Without the support of these partners, which also included the Vancouver Police Officers’ Association, RCMP Division Staff Relations Representatives, and the BC Police Board Association, success of the initiative would not have been possible.

The committee also had the privilege of working with renowned SFU professor and business ethicist Dr. Mark Wexler, whose experience and expertise in the field contributed to the initiative's success.

The initiative was based on the belief that a written code of ethics, shared by all police officers in the Province, would contribute to the goals of professionalism and sustaining the high degree of public confidence that the police in the province enjoy. The BC Code of Ethics outlines Fundamental Principles, Guiding Values and Primary Responsibilities that guide and govern the conduct of police officers in their relationships with the public, the policing profession and its partners, and themselves, personally. It is a commitment to the public to provide quality police service and, as such, formalizes long-standing practices and standards maintained by police organizations and officers across the province.

      View the printable British Columbia Police Code of Ethics.

Last updated April 8, 2015