30/06 10:52

OSCE and UNODCorganize events in south Kyrgyzstan to improve public confidence in police

Bishkek, June 30 / Kabar/. From 26 to 28 June 2014, the OSCE Center in Bishkek in co-operation with theUN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) conducteda series of events in Batken, Osh and Jalal-Abad in the south of Kyrgyzstan to enhance public confidence in Kyrgyz police. OSCE Center in Bishkek reports.

A delegation of senior officials from Bishkek, including Deputy Minister of the Interior, representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the OSCE Centre in Bishkek,the UNODC,theOSCE Community Security Initiativeproject, local authorities and media representatives took part at the events.

The events included the launching of a police stationin Tash-Tumshuk village in Batken province,and the laying of the foundation stone of another onein the Sputnik microdistrict in Jalal-Abad. The police station is reconstructed with the UNODC support to enhance interaction andbuild trust between local people and the law enforcement.

Under the Community Security Initiative project, which is a part of the OSCE police reform programme,mobile police reception units were handed over to Batkenpolice station and toNooken police station in Jalal-Abad city.

The delegationalso visitedBazar-Korgoncentreto receive first-hand information about the progress of the CommunitySecurityInitiative project that aims at improving citizens’ access to the police and rebuilding their trust in police. The project works with all ethnic communities in the region.

“Lasting security can be ensured only when people and police work together, and this event has demonstrated tangible results as observed and assessed by our partners and people,” said Ambassador Sergey Kapinos, the Head of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek. “We will continue supporting the Kyrgyz Government in implementing its commitment to reforming policing in Kyrgyzstan,in particular through the introduction of community-based policing principles.”

The Community Security Initiative (CSI) project has been running since November 2011. It was launched after the government of Kyrgyzstanrequested support from the OSCE to help the police working in a multi-ethnic environment to protect human rights and improve community-police relations. The CSI international police advisers support the police in 15 districts across five provinces within the country, primarily in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan’s government requested the OSCE to expand the project activities to cover other districts in the country and extend the project’s mandate until 2015.



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