UNODC supports study visit to Georgia of Kazakhstan’s police

From 14 to 18 March 2022 a delegation of eight officials from Kazakhstan’s Internal Affairs Ministry and police training institutions undertook a study visit aimed at learning from Georgia’s experience in policing and police reform. The participants met with Georgian counterparts from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) where they received detailed information about human resources management, information analysis and the activities of various police departments.  

During the meetings at the Police Academy of the Georgian MIA, particular attention was devoted to the selection of police personnel, career development and professional training. Participants were informed about the functions and tasks of Public Safety Command Center “112”. In addition, the delegation visited the Police Service Centre and learned about the work of patrol police officers at the police department of Georgian capital Tbilisi.

“The experience of the Georgian police that we learned with the support of UNODC will enable us to make adjustments to the curricular at the police acadmey,” says the Head of the Almaty Academy of the Internal Affairs Ministry of Kazakhstan, Aidar Saitbekov, who was a member of the Kazakh delegation to Georgia.

The visit was concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Almaty and Karaganda police academies of Kazakhstan with the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.

 “This week has provided an opportunity for police officials to share experiences and insights on good practice in police reform. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the police academies is an excellent mechanism to promote ongoing exchange. UNODC extends thanks to the Ministry of Interior of Kazakhstan, and the Ministry of Interior of Georgia for their cooperation, and extends thanks also to INL for the financial support for the UNODC project on support to police reform in Kazakhstan,” UNODC Project Manager Wendy O’Brien said.

The study visit is part of UNODC activities implemented under the project on support police reform in Kazakhstan.  The project is carried out with financial support from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the U.S. Department of State.

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