The Palestinian authorities have implemented a number of measures to improve the adherence to the rule of law in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Additionally, Palestinian officials have approached the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) with requests for assistance in this field. They asked DCAF to provide practical training material with examples of good international practice on how to implement principles of the rule of law. In particular, they expressed an interest in international reference documents in the fields of community safety and crime prevention. DCAF and the Human Rights & Democracy Media Center (SHAMS) responded to these requests by developing the present reader on international standards for community safety and crime prevention.