Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Reform Resources

Police Reform

Standards and Norms

  • Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials (General Assembly resolution 34/169, annex, of 17 December 1979) English 
  • Guidelines for the Effective Implementation of the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials (Economic and Social Council resolution 1989/61, annex, of 24 May 1989) English
  • Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials (Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Havana, 27 August - 7 September 1990) English



Highlights from the 31st session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)

Efficiency and fairness in criminal investigations – practical training tools

Highlights from the Kyoto Crime Congress:

Improving efficiency and quality of investigations: Principles on Effective Interviewing for Investigative Authorities Find out more here View the recording here

Ensuring Procedural Rights of Suspects at Police Custody Stage- Overview of Global Approaches View the recording here

Equal Access to Justice for All - Find out more here. View the recording here

Highlights from the 30th Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice:

Accountable and Effective Law Enforcement – Use of force, independent investigative agencies and the role of civil society

Stepping up the UN system’s coordinated response to racial discrimination and protection of minorities: Towards effective, inclusive and equitable law enforcement and criminal justice systems

Evidence- and Human Rights-Based Police Reform: Building Public Trust and Equal Access to Justice English, Russian

Implementing the New Principles on Effective Interviewing for Investigative Authorities – Towards Better and Fairer Administration of Justice

Highlights from the Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA)

Evidence- and human-rights based policing in Africa during and after a pandemic: police reform and oversight, use of force, public health responses to policing and decriminalisation of petty offences

Evidence- and human-rights based police reform: building public trust and equal access to justice: UNODC tools, services and programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean

eLearning Overview

Investigative Interviewing