Understanding Policing – A resource book for human rights activists

This comprehensive resource book has first been published by AI Netherlands in 2006 as part of their Police and Human Rights Programme. An updated version has been released in 2007.

Understanding policing is based on the premise that in order to intervene effectively in police conduct, it is essential to have a thorough understanding of policing and the context in which it takes place. Both the legal standards guiding police work as well as the practical methodologies developed by police to implement standards are explored.

Understanding Policing has a separate chapter discussing the dilemmas and possible solutions for NGOs seeking to engage with policing. It also describes (intervention) strategies local and/or international NGOs may use, to enhance police compliance with human rights principles.