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Improved policing: Indonesian National police adopts international guidebook

(Indonesia), 18 May 2011 - On 28 April, a guidebook entitled "Good Policing: Instruments, Models and Practices", written by Prof. Dr. Monica den Boer of the Police Academy of the Netherlands and Prof. Dr. Changwon Pyo of the Korean National Police University, was launched in Jakarta.

The guidebook was conceived in order to help established and consolidate good policing practices based on international, regional and national principles within Asia and Europe. In the book, both authors identify gaps and ethical dilemmas in a number of areas of policing. They also highlight specific challenges  such as combating organized crime, terrorism and other sensitive topics such as the protection of minority groups.

Addressing the book launch on behalf of the Chief of the National Indonesian Police, Head of Security Maintenance and Commissioner General, Imam Sudjarwo said that: "The Indonesian National Police welcomes any attempt to develop a policing oversight mechanism which can be used as a reference in carrying out our duties in an accountable and transparent manner whilst safeguarding human rights standards."

The launch was followed by a discussion on: "Who will Guard the Guards Themselves; Human Rights and Accountability in Policing - Asian and European Experiences". Key speakers included Inspector General, Mr. Paulus Purwoko, Director of the Police Leadership and Command School, H.E. Mr. Julian Wilson, Head of Delegation of European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, Mr. Haris Azhar, Coordinator for Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence, Mr. Rohit Choudhary, Director of the Punjab Police Academy, India and Atty Guinto, Head of Human Rights Office of Philippine National Police.

The Indonesian National Police and UNODC are working closely together on having the book translated into Bahasa Indonesia. On 29 April 2011, an experts meeting was held at the University of the Police in order to incorporate Indonesian perspectives into the upcoming translated guidebook.

This series of activities was jointly organized by the Asia-Europe Foundation and the Hans Seidel Foundation, in collaboration with the Indonesian National Police, the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence, UNODC and supported by the European Union.