Human Rights in the spotlight

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03 July 2012

This year, the Police School in Katowice, has once again had the opportunity of organizing an international course under the auspices of CEPOL entitled: Human Rights and Police Ethics - Step 1. The course was held on 15-18 of May in Krakow, Poland. The overall aim of the course was to raise awareness about the importance of ethical behaviour in day to day police work and to enhance diversity integration matters within Police management.

The course was attended by 24 participants from 18 Member States all senior police officers and trainers involved in the practice, training and promotion of integrity, ethics and human rights in policing as well as the management of diversity. The programme included lectures and activities devoted to topics such as hate crimes, rights of crime victims, methods of teaching about human rights in police forces across different countries, complaints against the police to mention but a few. A highlight of the four day course was the participants’ visit to the Police School in Katowice during which they familiarized themselves with the training system with which Polish police officers are trained.

As the course is designed as a two-stage activity, step two of this activity is scheduled on 10-14 September 2012 at the Police Training Centre in Vienna, Austria. The same group of participants will have the opportunity to meet once again and create a stronger bond as well as a supportive atmosphere in which to continue the process of learning and sharing views on human rights and police ethics in the European Union.

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