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3. European Code of Police Ethics

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This chapter talks about the European code of police ethics adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, on 19 September 200 1. The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15 (b) of the Statute of the Council of Europe, recommends that the governments of member states be guided in their internal legislation, practice and codes of conduct of the police by the principles set out in the text of the European Code of Police Ethics, appended to the present recommendation, with a view to their progressive implementation, and to give the widest possible circulation to this text. The chapter also contains an appendix section that provides the definition of the scope of the code, qualifications, recruitment and retention of police personnel, training of police personnel, and rights of police personnel. The chapter finally presents guidelines for police action/intervention.

Keywords: codes of conduct; Committee of Ministers; Council of Europe; European code; internal legislation; member states; police action; police ethics; Statute



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