Material for a 3-hour lesson, part of the 20-week Basic Training Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School.
KPS officers have a responsibility to be ethical and maintain the highest possible standards of professional police behaviour. Any unethical behaviour exhibited by a KPS officer is subject to scrutiny by the public and could lead to a decrease in the public’s confidence or trust. This is a great deal of responsibility for the KPS officer.
Yet, the question arises, “How can the KPS officer maintain these standards if the rules of conduct are not clearly defined?” Both the United Nations and the Council of Europe recognised this need in 1979 by developing a set of accepted rules (or codes) concerning the professional ethics of the 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. Likewise, the KPS Policies and Procedures Manual covers the required conduct (or behaviour) of the KPS officer in its Policies #P-1.15 and #P-1.16. This lesson will provide the basic principles of conduct which KPS officers should follow in their careers as law enforcement officers.
The goal of this lesson is to familiarise students with the purpose of a police Code of Conduct and its principles. Students will also review some of the sections of KPS Policy # P-1.16, outlining expected standards of conduct of the KPS officer.
At the end of this lesson students will be able to: