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About Committee P
Misson Statement

Mission Statement

Contributing to the smooth functioning of a
democratic, ethical and community-oriented police force/strong>

Committee P aims to contribute to the smooth functioning of a democratic, ethical and community-oriented police force.

An external body overseen by the Federal Parliament, it seeks to achieve this aim by monitoring the overall working of the police, inspection and monitoring services and the way in which all officials with police powers perform their policing activities. Committee P focuses particularly on the way in which efficiency, effectiveness and coordination are achieved, and the way in which fundamental rights and freedoms are respected and actively fostered.

In its capacity as police watchdog, Committee P aims, on the basis of its inquiries and reviews, to:

continually update its overall picture of the police and the way they operate;
assess the working of the police and issue opinions on this subject; and
make proposals and issue advice to the relevant (police) authorities.

In addition, a number of specialist investigators are assigned to conduct judicial inquiries on behalf of the judicial authorities, particularly in areas likely to yield information of use to the police watchdog.

The five members of Committee P seek to discharge the above tasks, in consultation with all staff members, by:

focusing primarily on the organisation and functioning of police forces;
favouring a constructive and proactive approach to problem-solving;
acting in complete independence of the police and the police authorities;
using an objective and methodologically well-grounded system;
striving to maintain a high level of professionalism at all times and in all places;
striving for excellence as a learning organisation;
working in a positive atmosphere;
applying a special collegial and pluralist decision-making process.