A closer cooperation between police services and the Council of Europe has been identified as a priority which is now addressed with the setting up of a Network of representatives of police services of the Council of Europe member States (Police Network).

The Police Network was created by a decision of the Committee of Ministers.

The mandate of the Police Network is to strengthen the institutional link between the Council of Europe police services of its member States, and to gather a better knowledge of the police services of the member States, their organisation, their mode of operation and their internal and external control bodies, and to share that knowledge among the Network members.

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The Police Network should also encourage the sharing of experience and exchange of views as regards the fight against the various forms of crime, facilitate the sharing of good practices and innovative techniques between police officers of the member States.

The Police Network should also support the implementation by member States of existing police standards and analyse the effects of police activity on the protection of human rights in member States.

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Strasbourg, France 24-25 May 2023
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The Council of Europe Police Network has held its annual international conference on police activities.

This year’s event was dedicated to situations of violence and use of force. It brought together high-ranking representatives of the Ministries of Interior and national police services, academia, IPCAN (Independent Police Complaints Authorities’ Network), and CESP (the European Council of Police Trade Unions) delegates.

The conference was the occasion to reaffirm that any force by law enforcement should only be used if strictly necessary and in proportionate manner, and that any excessive use of force or even violence should be properly investigated in line with the European Court of Human Rights standards.

The delegates emphasised the importance of proper training for police, the need for standard operating procedures to handle high risk events, along with communication and de-escalation measures.  

The participating police practitioners and experts praised the Council of Europe Police Network as an important framework for collecting good policing practices and promoting European standards in policing. 

Germany will chair the Police Network for the year to come.