Polizei, Macht, Menschen, Rechte (PMMR)
Police, Power, Human Rights – Polizei, Macht, Menschen, Rechte (PMMR) is an organisational development project that aims to embed human rights-based thinking and approaches into the Austrian police.
The project aims to internalise human rights-based thinking (and policing) across the whole police force to make it Austria’s largest human rights organisation. To do this, it will set up clear organisational structures and responsibilities as well as support positive measures regarding policing and human rights, to ensure respect for the fundamental rights of everyone.
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The project was initiated after a decree from the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
In 2008, the former Minister of the Interior established the PMMR project group which devised recommendations and action plans in line with the aim of making the police ‘the largest human rights organisation in society’.
The main principle was that all police work should respect human rights. The project was divided into three phases.
Phase 1: 2008 – 2011:
Phase 2: 2012-2015:
Phase 3: 2016 - ongoing:
Impact assessments are being conducted by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Bundesministerium für Inneres.
Around 40 different government organisations and NGOs were consulted as part of the evaluation. These include:
Indicators were used for the assessments, with different evaluation parameters for each theme.
Staff and members of the public completed a feedback survey which asked them to give their views on the project’s effectiveness. Over two-thirds of respondents said that Austrian police are successfully respecting human rights. Most of the staff surveyed also had a positive view of the project.
During the project development, the specific objective of improving reporting in the context of hate crime was not explicitly outlined. Therefore, no measurement or evaluation of this has so far taken place.
Critical success factors are still being determined.
The whole project can be implemented in other EU Member States.
Start date: 2008.
End date: Ongoing.
Scope of the practice: National.
Target group: Police officers and civil society.
Beneficiaries: All people who stay in Austria and come into contact with the police.
Key objectives: To integrate human rights based thinking and internalise human rights approaches into decision making across the whole police force, thereby making the police ‘the largest human rights organisation in society’; To set clear organisational structures and responsibilities, and to support positive initiatives that integrate human rights approaches into police work. This will help to make fundamental rights possible for everyone; To provide transparency for decisions related to staff and civil society.
Federal Ministry of the Interior
BMI, Referat II/1/a, Unit for Structural and Human Resources Development
Email: polizei (dot) macht (dot) menschen (dot) rechte (at) bmi (dot) gv (dot) at