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Police oversight mechanisms in the Council of Europe member states

Police oversight mechanisms in the Council of Europe member states (2017)

Jonny Byrne & William Priestley

REF. 062317GBR
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Police oversight mechanisms in the Council of Europe member states

Police oversight mechanisms in the Council of Europe member states

Article 59 of the European Code of Police Ethics, Recommendation Rec (2001)10, affirms that:  “The police shall be accountable to the state, the citizens and their representatives. They shall be subject to efficient external control.”

In an open democratic society, the control of the State over the police must be complemented with a way for the police to be answerable to the public that is the citizens and their representatives, through an External Oversight Mechanism.

This  handbook,  produced  by  the  Criminal  law  Co-operation  Unit  of  the  Directorate  General  of  Human  Rights  and  Rule  of  Law,  gives  a  snapshot  of  police  oversight  mechanisms  across  the forty-seven member States as of February 2017. 

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Article 59 of the European Code of Police Ethics, Recommendation Rec (2001)10, affirms that:  “The police shall be accountable to the state, the citizens and their representatives. They shall be subject to efficient external control.”

In an open democratic society, the control of the State over the police must be complemented with a way for the police to be answerable to the public that is the citizens and their representatives, through an External Oversight Mechanism.

This  handbook,  produced  by  the  Criminal  law  Co-operation  Unit  of  the  Directorate  General  of  Human  Rights  and  Rule  of  Law,  gives  a  snapshot  of  police  oversight  mechanisms  across  the forty-seven member States as of February 2017. 

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