Ethical Declaration

Ethical declaration made by Philip Allott on 12 May 2021

I will serve all the people of North Yorkshire and the City of York in the office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police and fire and rescue service do all they can to protect the public and keep them safe.

I will give a voice to the public, especially victims of crime, and work with other services to ensure the safety of the community and effective criminal justice.

I will not interfere with the operational independence of police officers, nor seek to influence or prevent any lawful and reasonable intervention, rescue, investigation or arrest, nor encourage any action save that which is lawful and justified within the bounds of this office.

I will abide by the seven standards that make up the ethical framework on public office, and I will take all steps within my power to ensure transparency of my decisions and all areas of my work, so that I may be properly held to account by the public.

The ‘Nolan principles’

The ethical standards expected of those who hold public office are summed up in seven principles, known as the ‘Nolan principles’.

Selflessness

Holders of public office should act only in the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.

Integrity

Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligations to any individuals or organisations that might want to influence how they perform their official duties.

Objectivity

In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should decide on merit only.

Accountability

Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must cooperate with all appropriate scrutiny.

Openness

Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should explain all decisions and withhold information only where it is clearly in the wider public interest.

Honesty

Holders of public office must declare any private interests relating to their public duties and resolve any conflicts in a way that protects the public interest.

Leadership

Holders of public office should demonstrate 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.

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