International rules and standards for policing
10-03-2014 Publication Ref. 0809
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This brochure intended for audiences involved in law-enforcement functions summarizes the main points of the manual entitled To serve and to protect. It addresses the principles and rules of human rights and humanitarian law relevant to professional law enforcement in democratic contexts.
To serve and to protect: Human rights and humanitarian law for police and security forces
Law enforcement officials play a key role in society, serving and protecting the people and upholding the law. That role is valid at all times, including during armed conflicts and other situations of violence. By engaging in dialogue with police and security forces about the law and their operations, the ICRC supports their efforts to incorporate the rules and standards of international law into their procedures.