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Policing, Democracy and Reform

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Human rights are the foundation of professional effectiveness and ethical standards of behaviour at every level of policing activity. Democratic civilian policing is an essential component of good governance operating under a range of basic principles. In ensuring that a police organisation is civilian rather than military there must be separate government ministers having control and oversight over the police and military. The importance of political investment in policing from the highest government level cannot be overstated. Strong and enlightened leadership from government is essential to the promotion of a police organisation that provides a lead role model for society and its citizens. Honesty, integrity and a strong service ethos should be the core values of the organisation. High quality political leadership resulting in successful police reform in the most difficult of circumstances is exemplified in the experience of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

Keywords: Caucasus region; democratic civilian policing; Eastern Europe; human rights; police reform; political leadership; Soviet Empire



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