Rule of Law – Professional Ethical Challenges
“The rule of law means that the exercise of state power is permissible only on the basis of the constitution and of laws that are formally and substantively constitutional, with the aim of guaranteeing human dignity, freedom, justice and legal certainty.” Where ethics become visible, the rule of law can be measured!
We support police reforms for a citizen-oriented police force
As a state authority, the police play a dual role: on the one hand, they are responsible for public safety and order, and on the other, they perform their function as a law enforcement agency. In addition to providing services that are close to the citizens, their tasks also require efforts to promote human rights, greater accountability, better capabilities in the area of prevention and cooperation with civil society in a spirit of partnership. Switzerland as well as the European Union are conducting various reform projects to this end.
We complement this commitment through education and training of professional colleagues for professional colleagues.
Goal and target groups
Our goal is to strengthen the security of the population and the internal stability of the countries and regions concerned through targeted training for leaders in the police, judiciary and politics, for example by effectively promoting peace-building measures or the fight against corruption.
In doing so, we rely on globally proven seminars on the topics of “leadership and ethics” and anti-corruption. However, in consultation with our partners, we are also happy to offer further training sequences, for example on the topic of human trafficking, with competent speakers from our broad network, always with a practical orientation and targeted added value for the work of our professional colleagues.
“Only a strong character makes a leader a leader.”
Our contribution – our special strength
Experienced instructors – International team: Specially trained, active or retired officers from the military and police, as well as parliamentarians and lawyers from various countries are used as instructors. These teams of experts are able to conduct the courses in a team-teaching manner at a high level and in a practice-oriented manner, illustrated with personal experiences from their professional lives.
Many years of experience: The Christian Police Association Switzerland (CPV) has been conducting leadership seminars “Ethics in Leadership and Corruption Control” for senior military, police officers and civilian decision-makers for over 15 years in cooperation with Pointman Leadership Institute (PLI) and other partner organisations. To date, thousands of military and police leaders as well as politicians (ministers and parliamentarians) from over 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America have attended the seminars. In Russia alone, our teams, with financial support from the SDC, have trained about 1000 officers of the Ministry of Justice over several years, which has contributed to considerable reforms in prisons.
Strong partners: CPV Switzerland works successfully with various governmental organisations and NGOs and with representatives from politics, the military, the judiciary, the police, the prison system, etc. in Switzerland and abroad. This achieves greater impact and sustainability in the process of change through good governance.
Transformation and sustainability
Transformation and sustainability are important, but do not happen overnight. As we guide seminar participants on how to change themselves and become a multiplier in the process, we make a sustainable contribution to being able to implement the desired improvements in a self-responsible manner; this is based on the conviction that sustainable and lasting change cannot be achieved through external influence alone, but must ultimately be based on an internalised basic attitude. On this basis, we also examine flanking measures or support with material aid.
For sustainability, we like to work with partner organisations that are already active on the ground and know the country and its people.
Be a peacemaker…
As a non-profit organisation, we pursue this task through the voluntary work of our members. We are therefore dependent on the help of state and private benefactors who support us financially and logistically on the way to our common goal.