More than 250 students from five Turkmen universities attended lectures on ethics and code of conduct of law enforcement officers organized by the OSCE Center in Ashgabat. They were held at the institutes of the Ministry of internal Affairs, The state border service and the Institute of international relations of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
According to a press release issued today by the OSCE Center, the courses were organized to provide students with an opportunity to improve their knowledge of international ethical standards in law enforcement and to learn from the practice of international organizations such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the Organization for economic cooperation and development (OECD) in the field of good governance.
The course was conducted by Yaroslav Strelchenok, who lectures on anti-corruption and professional ethics at the University of Turiba in Latvia, and is also an Advisor/consultant on anti-corruption projects of international organizations.
In her welcoming speech, Natalia Drozd, head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, stressed the importance of such events for the training of future civil servants: "the Professional and moral potential of any service team, primarily law enforcement agencies, is the ability of employees to resist crime, corruption, adequately overcome everyday difficulties and the negative impact of factors that weaken the sense of duty, responsibility, honesty and professionalism."
During the lectures, the experience of combating corruption and how to improve the effectiveness of anti-corruption measures was considered. Under the guidance of the expert, participants discussed issues such as the importance of transparency in government agencies and the optimal application of existing codes of conduct. Students also participated in a discussion about conflicts of interest and potential problems they could lead to.