The European Code of Police Ethics 20 Years On

a contribution from a training angle

  • Stefano Failla Head of Unit- CEPOL
Keywords: Police Ethics, Enlargement, EU, Training


This article reflects a conference contribution as presented by the author on behalf of CEPOL- the EU Agency for law enforcement training, to the Council of Europe conference on the role of police in democratic societies. After a historical examination of the context leading to the publication of the European Code of Police Ethics against the backdrop of the 2004 EU Enlargement after the decade of reforms in the countries of the former Eastern European block, the article examines the importance and the challenges of fundamental rights and police ethics from a training viewpoint ,against the backdrop of the changing landscape of policing in democratic societies.

How to Cite
Failla, S. (2020). The European Code of Police Ethics 20 Years On. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, (20), 45-51. Retrieved from