Material for a 6-hour lesson, part of the Basic Training Program of Macedonian Police, developed by the Police Development Unit of the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje.
All police officers have a responsibility to be ethical and to maintain the highest possible standards of professional police behavior. Any unethical behavior exhibited by a police officer is subject to scrutiny by the public and will lead to a decrease in the public’s confidence or trust. This is a great deal of responsibility for the police officer.
Yet, the question arises, “How can you, a police officer maintain these standards if the rules of conduct are not clearly defined?”
Both the United Nations and the Council of Europe recognised this international need in 1979 and therefore developed a set of accepted rules (or codes) concerning the professional ethics of police. These codes take into consideration the Rule of Law and the principles of human rights and basic freedoms. The principles are expressed in the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, and Resolution 690 (1979) - The Declaration on the Police, adopted by the Council of Europe.
The goal of this lesson is to familiarize students with the purpose of the police Code of Conduct and its principles. Students will review the Code of Conduct adopted by the Macedonian police in 1993.
At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to: