Our mission is to support Ukrainian authorities achieve reform of the civilian security sector through strategic advice and hands-on support.
The mandate includes three areas of operations:
- Strategic advice on civilian security sector reform to develop civilian security sector strategies
- Support the implementation of reforms hands-on advice, training, projects
- Cooperation and coordination to ensure that reform efforts are coordinated with Ukrainian and international actors
EUAM’s five priorities:
Delineation of competencies
Delineation of competencies refers to the division of labour and the responsibilities of civilian security sector agencies. With several agencies comprising the civilian security sector, it important to clarify who does what, to ensure coordination between different agencies in order in avoid overlap and confusion – in essence, a strategic approach.
A cornerstone of a democratic society is that citizens have a right to say how they would like to be policed. Community policing involves building trust within communities through direct interaction and dialogue. It is a style of policing, an ethos, that is based on a partnership between the police and the community, and a recognition that prevention and combating of crime is not a matter for the police alone – that crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility.
State authorities ensure public order by maintaining peace and the right to assemble in accordance with international human-rights standards. Citizens have a democratic right to demonstrate and express dissatisfaction with the government, but in peaceful way and within the bounds of the law.
Police forces are tasked with maintaining public order when large crowds gather for example at football matches, other cultural and social events, marches, or at political demonstrations. For them, the challenge is to balance the right to assemble with the need to ensure that order is preserved and people protected.
Criminal Investigation capabilities strengthen the ability of a state to fight crime and corruption. They are a necessary component of preserving the rule of law and protecting citizens. Successful investigation of crime while respecting human rights builds public trust and contributes to strengthening the entire democratic process.
Human resource management in the civilian security sector, broadly speaking, ensures that the right people are deployed in the right way in order to achieve well-functioning public services. Ultimately, it is the staff employed in civilian security sector agencies who carry the responsibility for implementing any technical reform measures. Staff need to be recruited according to a transparent, merit-based system, and one that guarantees a certain level of competence and standards. Staff also need to be compensated properly, be provided with the tools they need to perform, in a workplace that ensures minimum health and safety standards.