April 12-13, 2011. Interregional two-day seminar “Police philosophy. Teaching the subject of police role in the state and society in training centers of the Interior Ministry” took place in Nizhniy Novgorod. The seminar was organized by Regional public organization “Human being and Law” Mari El Republic, “Committee against Torture” of Nizhniy Novgorod and “Public Verdict Foundation” of Moscow.
Specialists from training centers of the Interior Ministry of the Volga Federal District took part in this seminar.
The first day was devoted to basic principals of human rights discipline and provisions of the European convention on protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Human rights activists involved a new module “Police philosophy” into the educational program. The lecture on this subject was developed by the Dutch expert Nico Van Ooik. He is coordinator International Police cooperation. He came to Nizhniy Novgorod from the Netherlands just to take part in this seminar. The Dutch expert explained for what purpose the police exist, what their functions are and how to make their work more effective.
A professional team from Nizhniy Novgorod region, Mari El Republic and the Netherlands managed to generalize the existing methods of teaching “human rights”.
Besides, within the framework of the seminar it was discussed how to build a mutual understanding between police representatives and the public. Police officers were interested in the lecture of the Dutch expert, concerning integral approach to the police work and they also wanted to know how the police should work with population.
The activity was held within the frames of the project “Militia of Russia – from force to service”, supported by the European Commission on the small grants program European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights.