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Lesson #1.7: Integrity and Code of Conduct

Category
Training Material
Subject
Policing

Description

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.

Subject
Policing
Target group
Cadets
Region
South-Eastern Europe
Keywords
basic police training, integrity, code of conduct, professional ethics and standards

Summary

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:

  1. Define the terms “integrity”, “ethics” and “morals” as it pertains to the police
  2. Describe some of the factors that affect police integrity in today's world and analyze possible solutions
  3. Define their police Code of Conduct and the purpose of the code
  4. Outline the eight (8) general principles of the police code of conduct
  5. Identify those areas for which the Macedonian Police Officer is responsible in terms of their conduct and behavior, as outlined in the Macedonian Criminal Code
  6. Cite police actions considered as breaches of discipline, under Article 65 of the Law on Internal Affairs
  7. Provide an overview of the principles of the Macedonian police service’s Code of Conduct, adopted in 1998.

Information

Added on
08 Apr 2004
Origin
OSCE Mission to Skopje, North Macedonia
Target group
Cadets
Region
North Macedonia
Keywords
basic police training, integrity, code of conduct, professional ethics and standards
Rights
OSCE