The aim of the Police-Public Partnership document was to draw together the common principles of the current concepts of community policing applied in the OSCE area and provide a common basis for all OSCE police-related activities.
A core objective of the work of the Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU) at the OSCE Secretariat is to promote police-public partnership in OSCE participating States. An essential tool for enhancing this partnership is community policing, based on the principles of democratic policing. The importance of community policing has been highlighted in several OSCE Ministerial Council Decisions and Action Plans, such as the Bucharest Ministerial Council Decision No. 9; the Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti within the OSCE Area; and the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings.
In this context, the SPMU has embarked on compiling and elaborating “Good Practices in Building Police-Public Partnership”, in close co-operation and co-ordination with the OSCE participating States, the High Commissioner on National Minorities, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, OSCE field operations, international organisations, NGOs and research organizations. The document will provide a common basis for all OSCE community-safety-related activities and could easily be taken over by the law enforcement institutions of the OSCE participating States.
The development of the document is being based on an in depth study of existing academic literature, existing documentation in the field and relevant documents of International Organisations on community policing as well as on the conclusions of three regional community policing workshops in Bishkek (October 2006), Vienna (June 2007) and Skopje (October 2007), and a first review workshop in Vienna (November 2007) organised by the SPMU and bringing together community policing experts from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, South-Eastern Europe, Western Europe and North America.
On 26 February 2008, police experts from OSCE participating States, OSCE field operations and institutions and international partner organisations convened in Vienna to review and finalize the third draft of the “Good Practice in Building Police-Public Partnership”.