UNODC Enhances Capacity of Law Enforcement of Uzbekistan to Strengthen Community Partnership and Ensure Public Safety 

The recent legal reforms create a conducive environment for enhanced dialogue in the public space, combatting corruption, and better human rights practices. However, continued support to decision-makers, particularly at the local administrations level, to implement their functions in line with universal human rights standards and the rule of law is still needed.

To ensure public safety and stronger community relations, UNODC in partnership with the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, The Specialized Branch at Tashkent State University of Law,  initiated several joint activities to promote social partnership of internal affairs bodies on November 17 till 20, 2021 as part of the joint UN Peacebuilding initiative “Youth for Social Harmony in Fergana Valley.”  

With this goal in mind, some 45 police inspectors were trained in two training, one at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the other at the Specialized Branch at Tashkent State University of Law, for two days each.

"These training are the first steps to our mutual, productive cooperation. We have common mandates with UNODC in the spheres of crime prevention and criminal justice. We hope to develop the road map of activities further and work together on capacity building of staff and students, research, and science," stated Mr. Rutfullo Nigmatov, Deputy Head of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Mr. Koen Marquering, UNODC International Criminal Justice Programme Coordinator in Central Asia, expected that “community-oriented policing interventions will enhance the trust of the population at large and local communities in the police and other law enforcement agencies. Community-oriented policing will strengthen the bond between police and the community, enhance public confidence and community cooperation and the effectiveness and efficiency of police and other law enforcement agencies to protect life, properties and human rights.”

International trainer, colonel Azamat Abdrakhmanov, senior lecturer at the Academy of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic worked with police inspectors to improve their skills in communication and conflict resolution to strengthen partnership between police and the public. He noted that “cooperation with the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is strategic as through the exchange of experience and the introduction of international standards will enhance the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the curricula."

During the course held at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, participants discussed the importance of developing a manual on this issue for police inspectors.  After each course, participants, who are mostly young women in police, were awarded certificates, which demonstrates their serious interest in making their community safer from drugs, crime and terrorism.

The “Youth for Social Harmony in Fergana Valley Project” focuses on young people as a fast growing demographic and the future of the country, and aims to ensure that they are not left behind in the context of the rapid changes linked to the reform process. In practical terms, the project aims to ensure that young women and young men continue to have equitable access to socio-economic opportunities and benefit from its positive outcomes, while enabling them to have a stronger say about their future.


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