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Good Policing: Models, Instruments and Practices

Public Briefing and Book Launch

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
15 Mar 2011 - 28 Apr 2011 Asia-Europe Foundation Governance & Economy Department Democratisation And Justice Series Governance & Human Rights

Brussels (Belgium)
Jakarta (Indonesia)

The workshop on ‘Improving the Role of the Police in Asia and Europe’ brought specialists together to examine the existing police oversight mechanisms in Asia and Europe and to analyse the intersections between external oversight, internal disciplinary mechanisms and other accountability structures that enhance police and community partnerships.

Based on workshop discussions over a three-year period since 2008, the handbook on ‘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.

The handbook is published under the umbrella of the Asia-Europe Democratisation and Justice series (AEDJ), a platform for Asia-Europe exchanges in this field through dialogue between civil society and policymakers. Organised jointly 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 was published with the support of the European Commission, and is currently being launched in Europe and Asia:

Europe Launch:
‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Asian and European Experiences in the Security Sector’
Date: 15th March 2011
Venue: Permanent Representation of the Republic of Germany the European Union, Brussels (Belgium)

Asian Launch:
'Who will Guard the Guards Themselves? Human Rights and Accountability in Policing - Asian and European Experiences'
(organised in collaboration with UNODC and KONTRAS)
Date and time: 28 April 2011, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Venue: Istana Ballroom II, Hotel Sari Pan Pacific, Jakarta (Indonesia)

Project Updates

  • To mark the Asian launch of the handbook, "Good Policing: Instruments, Models and Practices", ASEF organised the public briefing, "Who will Guard the Guards Themselves? Human Rights and Accountability in Policing - Asian and European Experiences" on 28 April 2011 at the Hotel Sari Pan Pacific Jakarta. This briefing was organised in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and in collaboration with United Nations for Drug and Crime (UNODC) and Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KONTRAS).

    Various media and non-governmental organisations have reported on the handbook's Asian launch. Below are some of the highlights of the press coverage.

    Policing the Police
    Tempo Magazine, No. 37/XI
    11-17 May 2011

    Kinerja Lembaga Negara - Reformasi Kepolisian Masuk Tahap Kedua
    (Translation: Performance of a government institution: Police reform enters the 2nd stage)
    28 April 2011

    Peluncuran Publikasi dan Briefing Perpolisian yang Baik: Instrumen, Model dan Praktik
    (Translation: Publication Launch and Briefing Good Policing: Instruments, Models and Practices)
    April 2011

    Diskusi dan peluncuran buku good policing
    (Translation: Discussion and book launch of Good Policing: Models, Instruments and Practices)
    Indonesian National Police Headquarters Public Relations Division
    29 April 2011

    Publikasi Dan Briefing
    (Translation: Publication and Briefing)
    Antara News
    28 April 2011

  • Highlights:

    • Briefing highlighted the need for integrating international human rights standards with national policing practices
    • Publication will be launched in Jakarta on 28 April 2011
    • Bahasa version of the handbook to be used by the Indonesian National Police's training academy

    The European launch of the publication ‘Good Policing – Instruments, Models and Practices’ took place on 15 March in Brussels. In Asia, the book will be launched at the Hotel Sari Pan Pacific in Jakarta on 28 April 2011. Aside from the English version, the book will also be published in Bahasa Indonesia. The Indonesian edition will carry a foreword by Mr Nanan Soekarna, Inspectorate General and Commissioner General of the INP. The launch in Jakarta will be followed by two panel discussions. Mr Harris Hasyad from the Commission for the disappeared and victims of violence, Indonesia, will be one of the panellists.

    In Brussels, it was part of the briefing ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? (Who will Guard the Guard themselves) Asian and European Experiences in the Security Sector.’ The event, organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Hanns Seidel Stiftung, highlighted the need for integrating international human rights standards with national policing practices.

    About the authors

    The authors of the book, Prof. Dr. Monica den Boer (Police Academy Netherlands) and Dr. Changwon Pyo (Police Academy Korea), were both present at the Brussels launch. They highlighted key messages of the publication such as improving police ethics and compliance with international human rights standards. They also drew attention to existing policing practices in Asia and Europe.

    Police presence

    Held at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union, this event was attended by Atty. Raul Bacalzo (Police Director General, Philippine National Police), Rafendi Djamin (Indonesian representative to the ASEAN Human Rights Commission), Roland Schäfer (Minister, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union) and other eminent representatives from different European institutions. Participants had the opportunity to discuss challenges in implementing ethical policing standards.

    Read more publications under ASEF Asia-Europe Democratisation and Justice Series


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