Based on discussions from the workshop on ‘Improving the Role of the Police in Asia and Europe’ (2008) and the follow up discussions on a Best Practices Handbook for Policing in Asia and Europe (2009), the handbook, Good Policing: Instruments, Models and Practices, provides a guide to the different models, existing good practices, legal instruments and key parameters which can improve the culture of good policing. In so doing, it offers different approaches on structured police work which is based on international, regional as well as national principles and practices. Designed to address the needs of police officers, academics, experts and policy makers, the ultimate objective of this guide is to contribute towards ongoing efforts to improve police ethics, transparency and compliance with international human rights standards.
Based on the inputs from respondents and external experts, the authors identify gaps and ethical challenges in several aspects of policing, ranging from electronic monitoring of populations to crowd and riot policing. They also identify specific challenges, such as the fight against terrorism, radicalisation and organised crime, as well as sensitive topics including the protection of minority groups.
The publication is launched under the umbrella of the Asia-Europe Democratisation and Justice series (AEDJ) which provides a platform for Asia-Europe exchanges in this field through dialogue between civil society and policymakers. Jointly organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Hanns Seidel Foundation Indonesia (HSF), these dialogues are highly valuable to support economic development and strengthen the security and stability in Asia and Europe.
The publication is currently being launched in Europe and Asia.