Code of ethics
A Kent Police spokesman said: “Officers are expected to serve with the utmost integrity, honour and pride in keeping with the standards of professional behaviour and the code of ethics.
“When their actions are called into question it is only right that a full investigation is carried out to establish the full circumstances. Any officer who has fallen short of the high standards expected will be subject to scrutiny.
“Our professional standards team has a strict protocol to follow when carrying out an internal investigation, which would run alongside any criminal proceedings if they were necessary.
“The focus on the investigation will be to deal with any crime or misconduct but equally to allow officers to learn from their mistakes and develop professionally.
“To be open and accountable to the public all information regarding police misconduct is published on our website.
“It is important to note the overwhelming majority of police officers and staff serve with the commitment and dedication that residents expect and deserve.”