UNDP hands over new community policing stations in Basra
During a recent ceremony UNDP Iraq handed over two brand new, state of the art police stations in Basra.
The stations have been specifically designed to support Community Policing and will serve as models to others.
The UNDP Iraq project, generously funded by the Government of Japan has assisted the Iraqi Police Service in Basra to reach higher standards of efficiency and productivity in service delivery by introducing Community Policing techniques and innovative equipment.
After consulting local communities, and learning the experiences of regional and international actors with Community Policing, UNDP Iraq designed and then oversaw the construction of the new stations.
In addition, UNDP Iraq’s support included establishing an intranet system and a new curriculum on Community Policing to be used as primary training material for future officers.
The project has previously supported the piloting of community policing approaches in the governorate and the strengthening of a public oversight mechanism for police at the governorate level.
Community Policing aims to promote civilian participation rather than traditional approaches to policing. It emphasises social prevention and the resolution of social problems, and promotes partnerships with civil society or state agencies to reach better security. It also introduces mechanisms of consultation that empower communities and therefore creates a police that is responsive to the needs of the community and gender issues, and is culturally diverse.
This project was made possible through the donation of six million $ by the Government of Japan.