This regional police experts meeting is expected to serve as a platform to discuss the concept and characteristics of community policing and review country-related examples of how community policing concept/framework is implemented and interpreted.
Community policing has been acknowledged by many OSCE documents (Ministerial Council and Permanent Council Decisions as well as by OSCE Action Plans) as an effective policing style and a tool for confidence building. Many OSCE participating States (ps) have undertaken reforms with the goal of changing the way the police forces operate - from a control function to a service oriented approach. Community policing is part of this approach. While the importance of community policing is widely recognised, exactly what is meant by it is not always clear. The concept or framework of community policing, its implementation too, also seems to vary from country to country.
In that context, the Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU) has been organizing regional police experts meeting and workshops. The first regional seminar, focused on countries from Central Asia, was organized in Kyrgyzstan on 2-3 October 2006 on the theme of ‘Community Policing Based on Democratic Principles’.