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Guidebook on Democratic Policing by the Senior Police Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General

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The Guidebook is designed to assist OSCE staff dealing with police and law enforcement issues, police practitioners and policy-makers working to develop and strengthen democratic policing, to serve as a reference to internationally adopted standards. This is the Volume 1 in the SPMU Publication Series.


Summary

The police are the most visible manifestation of government authority responsible for public security. While being under enormous pressure throughout the OSCE area to counter the rising tide of organized crime and the new threats to international and national security, including those emanating from terrorism, the police must operate in accordance with national and international law and respect human rights at all times.

The OSCE participating States “consider the democratic political control of […] the police to be an indispensable element of stability and security.” In the course of supporting a democratization process in post-conflict societies, as well as societies in transition, a growing emphasis has been placed on the rule of law. This has revealed the lack of a standardized conceptual foundation to guide these police-related activities, resulting in a number of different approaches towards implementing police training as well as police reform programmes.

The Guidebook articulates the objectives of democratic police services and forces; the importance of their commitment to the rule of law, policing ethics, and human rights standards; the essential nature of police accountability to the law and to the society they serve; as well as the need for their co-operation with the communities, recognizing that effective policing requires partnership with the communities being served. Furthermore, the Guidebook elaborates on structural and managerial aspects within the police which are considered necessary to achieve and sustain democratic policing.

Each of these principles of democratic policing is further elaborated in the Guidebook and referenced to relevant in-depth studies and international standards or commitments. The Guidebook is the ‘key’ to ‘unlocking’ these documents for the reader.



SPMU Publication Series

Capacity building,
Management,
Police reform,
Uniformed policing

Accountability, Community policing, Democracy, Ethics, Human rights, Management, Media, Rule of law


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Relation type Document Title Category
Referenced by Good Practices in Building Police-Public Partnerships by the Senior Police Adviser to the OSCE Secretary GeneralGood Practices in Building Police-Public Partnerships by the Senior Police Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General SPMU Publication Series
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2005)10 on “special investigation techniques” in relation to serious crimes including acts of terrorismCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2005)10 on “special investigation techniques” in relation to serious crimes including acts of terrorism Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2005)9 on the protection of witnesses and collaborators of justiceCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2005)9 on the protection of witnesses and collaborators of justice Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2003)21 concerning partnership in crime preventionCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2003)21 concerning partnership in crime prevention Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(87) 15 to the Member States on regulating the use of personal data in the police sectorCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(87) 15 to the Member States on regulating the use of personal data in the police sector Reports, research papers and legal documents
Referenced by OSCE Chiefs of Police MeetingOSCE Chiefs of Police Meeting Conferences and meetings
References European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance General Policy Recommendation N.7 on national legislation to combat racism and racial discriminationEuropean Commission Against Racism and Intolerance General Policy Recommendation N.7 on national legislation to combat racism and racial discrimination Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2001) 16 to Member States on the protection of children against sexual exploitationCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2001) 16 to Member States on the protection of children against sexual exploitation Reports, research papers and legal documents
References The European Code of Police EthicsThe European Code of Police Ethics Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation R(2000) 11 to Member States on action against trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitationCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation R(2000) 11 to Member States on action against trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2000) 20 to Member States on the role of early psychosocial intervention in the prevention of criminalityCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2000) 20 to Member States on the role of early psychosocial intervention in the prevention of criminality Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(2000) 10 to Member States on codes of conducts for public officialsCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(2000) 10 to Member States on codes of conducts for public officials Reports, research papers and legal documents
Referenced by Regional Workshop on Democratic Policing "Organizational and Managerial issues in the Police", Sarajevo, Bosnia and HerzegovinaRegional Workshop on Democratic Policing "Organizational and Managerial issues in the Police", Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Conferences and meetings
References Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention on CorruptionCouncil of Europe Criminal Law Convention on Corruption Reports, research papers and legal documents
Referenced by Good Practices in Basic Police Training – Curricula AspectsGood Practices in Basic Police Training – Curricula Aspects SPMU Publication Series
References Council of Europe Resolution (97) 24 on the Twenty Guiding Principles for the Fight Against CorruptionCouncil of Europe Resolution (97) 24 on the Twenty Guiding Principles for the Fight Against Corruption Reports, research papers and legal documents
Referenced by Regional roundtable in Central Asia on operationalizing the Guidebook on Democratic PolicingRegional roundtable in Central Asia on operationalizing the Guidebook on Democratic Policing Conferences and meetings
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(97) 13 to Member States Concerning Intimidation of Witnesses and the Rights of the DefenceCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(97) 13 to Member States Concerning Intimidation of Witnesses and the Rights of the Defence Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(91) 11 to Member States Concerning Sexual Exploitation, Pornography and Prostitution of, and Trafficking in, Children and Young AdultsCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(91) 11 to Member States Concerning Sexual Exploitation, Pornography and Prostitution of, and Trafficking in, Children and Young Adults Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(87) 19 to Member States on the Organization of Crime PreventionCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(87) 19 to Member States on the Organization of Crime Prevention Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(85) 11 to the Member States on the position of the victim in the framework of criminal law and procedureCouncil of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation No. R(85) 11 to the Member States on the position of the victim in the framework of criminal law and procedure Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Recommendation No. R(85) 4 of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to Member States on violence in the familyRecommendation No. R(85) 4 of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to Member States on violence in the family Reports, research papers and legal documents
Referenced by Workshop on democratic policing: police powers and oversight mechanisms, Minsk, BelarusWorkshop on democratic policing: police powers and oversight mechanisms, Minsk, Belarus Conferences and meetings
References European Social CharterEuropean Social Charter Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms as amended by Protocol No.11Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms as amended by Protocol No.11 Reports, research papers and legal documents
Referenced by Integrating a gender approach into police-public partnershipsIntegrating a gender approach into police-public partnerships Reports, research papers and legal documents
References Council of Europe Guidelines on human rights and the fight against terrorismCouncil of Europe Guidelines on human rights and the fight against terrorism Reports, research papers and legal documents


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Guidebook on Democratic Policing [English] (515.33 Kb) Guidebook on Democratic Policing [English] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2639
Руководство по демократическим основам полицейской деятельности [Russian] (532.12 Kb) Руководство по демократическим основам полицейской деятельности [Russian] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2755
Guide pour une Police Démocratique [French] (1.66 Mb) Guide pour une Police Démocratique [French] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=3504
Udhërrëfyes për Policim Demokratik [Albanian] (431.31 Kb) Udhërrëfyes për Policim Demokratik [Albanian] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2582
دليل عمل الشرطة في النظم الديموقراطية [Arabic] (1.86 Mb) دليل عمل الشرطة في النظم الديموقراطية [Arabic] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2654
Ժողովրդավարական ոստիկանության ուղեցույց-ձեռնարկ [Armenian] (548.58 Kb) Ժողովրդավարական ոստիկանության ուղեցույց-ձեռնարկ [Armenian] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2655
Прирачник за демократско полициско работење [Macedonian] (652.27 Kb) Прирачник за демократско полициско работење [Macedonian] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2900
Vodič za demokratski rad policije [Serbian] (496.52 Kb) Vodič za demokratski rad policije [Serbian] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2586


United Nations http://www.un.org
Council of Europe http://www.coe.int/
Interpol http://www.interpol.int
Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces http://www.dcaf.ch
Vera Institute of Justice http://www.vera.org
International Peace Academy http://www.ipacademy.org
South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons http://www.seesac.org
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Guidebook on Democratic Policing [English] (515.33 Kb) Guidebook on Democratic Policing [English] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2639
Руководство по демократическим основам полицейской деятельности [Russian] (532.12 Kb) Руководство по демократическим основам полицейской деятельности [Russian] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2755
Guide pour une Police Démocratique [French] (1.66 Mb) Guide pour une Police Démocratique [French] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=3504
Udhërrëfyes për Policim Demokratik [Albanian] (431.31 Kb) Udhërrëfyes për Policim Demokratik [Albanian] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2582
دليل عمل الشرطة في النظم الديموقراطية [Arabic] (1.86 Mb) دليل عمل الشرطة في النظم الديموقراطية [Arabic] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2654
Ժողովրդավարական ոստիկանության ուղեցույց-ձեռնարկ [Armenian] (548.58 Kb) Ժողովրդավարական ոստիկանության ուղեցույց-ձեռնարկ [Armenian] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2655
Прирачник за демократско полициско работење [Macedonian] (652.27 Kb) Прирачник за демократско полициско работење [Macedonian] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2900
Vodič za demokratski rad policije [Serbian] (496.52 Kb) Vodič za demokratski rad policije [Serbian] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/library/view?item_id=2658&attach_id=2586