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The Professional Context

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Chapter Summary

This chapter establishes a professional context in which to conduct human rights programmes for police. This is important because police officials need to understand why they are being asked to consider policing from a human rights perspective, and to understand the link between lawful and humane exercise of power and professional competence. It provides an opportunity for teachers or resource persons to make the point that policing is one of those activities where the ends cannot be separated from the means. Policing which is conducted unlawfully, unethically or inhumanely is a failure of policing, regardless of the results achieved. Good behaviour and technical policing skills are dependent upon each other. The chapter addresses the professional ethics of policing. It emphasises the absolute requirements on police to respect: the rule of law; human dignity; and human rights.

Keywords:good behaviour; human dignity; human rights; humane exercise; police officials; professional context; professional ethics



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