Law Enforcement Officials Trained on Engagement with People who Use Drugs

ToT Law Enforcement Pakistan02 June 2016 - The Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control in collaboration with UNODC Pakistan today concluded a four-day Regional Training of Trainers on UNODC Toolkit for Law Enforcement Officials', in Islamabad.

Mr. Toaha Hussain Bugti, Senior Joint Secretary, Narcotics Control Division, Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control in Pakistan, graced the opening ceremony of the training course as the chief guest on 30 May.

 Twenty-three law enforcement officials from Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the training which aimed to enhance communications and engagement with people who use drugs and other marginalized, diverse and vulnerable populations.

 There is increasing global recognition of the important role that law enforcement officials have in protecting and promoting individual and public health, especially in diverse and vulnerable communities. 

The law enforcement officials have a significant role and responsibility to ensure uninterrupted access to essential HIV-related health and social services for vulnerable populations including people who inject drugs     

The training was supported by the Government of Sweden through the UNODC Regional Programme on Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries.

Photo: UNODC Pakistan

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