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The European Code of Police Ethics and Community Police

Keywords: state , democracy , police , ethics , European Code of Police Ethics

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Democratic states are organized in order to guarantee individual freedoms and security of the citizens; the police perform the traditional functions of fighting, preventing and detecting crime,ensuring public order, respect for law and public order and protecting the fundamental rights of the individual, but also various social services, that support other activities. In the police activity there must respected the rights and freedoms of individual and avoid any arbitrary or unlawful reactions. Lately European countries have emphasized the reorganization process of the police in order to promote and strengthen the democratic values. An important step was the adoption of the European Code of Police Ethics aiming at implementing Community rules in the European Union and achieving greater unity between its members and building cooperation capacities in the fight against crime. Code of ethics and the deontology of the police officer, approved by G. D. no. 991/2005, are based on the principles of the European Code of Police Ethics.

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