The event is organized by the SPMU as one of the final steps in drafting the OSCE Framework of Community Policing.
The promotion of a community policing approach based on the principles of democratic policing among OSCE participating States is a core objective of the work of the Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU) at the OSCE Secretariat. Several OSCE Ministerial Council Decisions and Action Plans such as the Bucharest Ministerial Council Decision (No. 9, adopted on 4 Dec. 2001); the Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti within the OSCE Area (PC.DEC 566, adopted on 27 Nov. 2003); and the OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings (PC.DEC 557, adopted on 24 Jul. 2003) highlight the importance of community policing and task the SPMU to further promote the framework of community policing.
In this context, the SPMU, in close co-operation and co-ordination with OSCE Field Operations and other International Organizations, has embarked on developing an “OSCE Framework of Community Policing”. The aim of the community policing framework document is to draw together the common principles of the current concepts of community policing applied in the OSCE area. This is in order to provide a common basis for all OSCE police-related activities. The framework shall also be easily absorbable by the law enforcement institutions of the OSCE participating States.
The development of the framework document is being based on an in depth study of existing academic literature, existing documentation in the field and relevant documents of International Organizations 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), organized 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 16 November 2007, police experts from OSCE participating States, OSCE field operations and institutions and international partner organizations will convene in Vienna to discuss and review the first draft of the “OSCE Framework of Community Policing”.