The CoE defines its mission as:
Human Rights... Democracy... Rule of Law
In order to establish political stability and social cohesion, good policing is absolutely crucial. In a democratic context the raison d’être of the police is to protect citizens (and their human rights) within the legal framework. Therefore, the police is an important link between the state and its citizens. The police help to sustain the values of democracy by maintaining public order, by combating, preventing and detecting crime, by respecting human rights and by providing assistance and service functions to the public. In doing so, the police depend on the trust and legitimacy of the public.
The Prison and Police Unit is situated in the Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building and aims in the field of policing to raise awareness, develop training tools and build networks for police and human rights in Europe.