Enhancing Policing Response to Public Order

04 Jun 2014

imageThe UNDP Election Management Specialist William Hogan (left), Deputy Commissioner of Police Simon Sirro, and one of the College of Police Trainers Allan Binks (right), at the Public Order Command training.

UNDP through the Democratic Empowerment Project (DEP) has launched a programme of intensive training for Tanzania Police Force (TPF) officers in Public Order Command, at the Dar es Salaam Oyster Bay Police Officers’ Mess and at the Zanzibar Police Officers’ Mess.

The aim of the training is to build police commanders’ capacity to plan, manage and coordinate an effective policing response to public order events.  Through this programme of 4 two-week courses, 88 middle and senior police officers from every region in the United Republic of Tanzania will be trained by eight senior trainers from the United Kingdom’s College of Policing.

The training courses are part of a wider programme of UNDP support to strengthen the capacities of the Tanzanian police to ensure a peaceful elections process for 2015.  Each two-week course will cover topics of establishing a command structure, respecting human rights, strategy and decision making, tactical planning and options,  critical incident management, and managing crowds.  Trainees will then impart the methods and approaches to other officers in every region in the country through the TPF’s ongoing training programme.  UNDP delivered similar training in 2005 and 2010 as part of its support for the electoral process.

During his opening remarks, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Simon Sirro applauded UNDP’s support and facilitation for the police officer’s training. “This training is timely for the field and operation officers because as we approach the 2015 general elections, the question of human rights and managing crowds is inevitable.”

The DEP is a three-year electoral support project (2013-2016) funded by various development partners through a basket funding arrangement. Contributors to the project include Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and UNDP.  The project seeks to strengthen the capacity of democratic institutions, such as National Electoral Commission and the Zanzibar Electoral Commission, the police, the judiciary, and political parties to support a credible, transparent and peaceful elections process in Tanzania. The project also supports greater inclusion of women, youth and people with disabilities in political processes and community dialogue and media through UNWOMEN and UNESCO.