“OSCE Guidebook on Democratic Policing” is a document the SPMU is looking to develop in co-operation with police experts from the OSCE participating States and partner organizations.
In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on placing the rule of law at the centre of peacekeeping and peace-building missions and in post-conflict reconstruction. However, these police-related activities have been hampered by the lack of a standardized conceptual foundation that could guide them. This has led to the adoption of various different approaches to policing (police training, police reform, etc.). Moreover, both international police officers working in missions and national police officers tend to be unaware of the multitude of international standards and norms in Crime Prevention.
The most comprehensive collection of such standards so far has been assembled within the “UN Compendium of Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice”. The OSCE, in concert with partners (OSCE participating States and partner organizations), is now looking to further operationalize the UN Compendium as well as other pre-existing norms, standards good principles and lessons learned to make these norms and standards accessible in the form of workable and easy-to-read documents relevant to practitioners concerned with policing and the administration of justice.