Strengthening the Working Methodologies of the Public Security Directorate in Jordan

Project Duration: 03/01/2014 - 08/31/2016

Total Budget: US$ 2,144,280

Donors:

Delegation of the European Union to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Counterparts

Ministry of Interior, Public Security Directorate, Jordan.

Criminal Investigation Department

Juvenile Police Department

Anti Human Trafficking Unit

Public Prosecution Office

Target Groups

Key officials at  Criminal Investigation Department

Key Officials at Juvenile Police Department

Key Officials at Anti Human Trafficking Unit

Outline And Objectives

Jordan at the heart of the Middle East, bordered by Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the West Bank, is vulnerable to the region's volatility, which has recently both destabilized the economy and led to an influx of refugees.  In addition, it has a high population growth rate and an unprecedented youth bulge. This, in addition to other issues, pose severe challenges to Jordan's security sector. 

To address these challenges, and recognizing the importance of strengthening its security sector, Jordan has made some progress on security sector reform. 

This project seeks to contribute to the protection of citizens, including children in contact/conflict with the law through the strengthening of the working methodologies of the Jordanian Public Security Directorate. The project includes two focus areas:

(a)   Building the capacity of the newly established Juvenile Police Department (JPD) and ensuring child-friendly environments at the JPD stations. To achieve this, three new JPD branches will be refurbished and equipped to provide for a child-friendly environment; working methodologies and capacities of JPD within the Public Security Directorate at the organizational level will be developed; and the overall awareness of JPD existence and role raised, so that families and children at the individual level can benefit from reliable and efficient security services.

(b)   Building the capacity of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and strengthening and institutionalising effective practices and procedures to enable effective investigations and prosecutions with due respect to human rights and fundamental freedoms. This will be achieved through the development of syllabi and training programmes on criminal investigation techniques and through strengthening the institutional cooperation between the CID and the Prosecutor's office.