The Independent Ethics Panel was launched in January 2015 to help increase public trust and confidence in the way police officers carry out their duties and to encourage greater public scrutiny of police operations.
The Panel provides independent and effective challenge and assurance around integrity, standards and ethics of decision-making in policing.
It meets as a full panel five times per year.
A national Code of Ethics was agreed for all police forces in July 2014. It has been adopted by South Yorkshire Police and the Office of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. The Panel supports and monitors work to embed the Code across all the functions and activities of the Force, and also those within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Panel makes recommendations to the Commissioner and the Chief Constable.