INTERNATIONAL, LIBYAN PARTNERS HELD A WORKSHOP TO TURN THE HAI AL-ANDALUS INTO A MODEL POLICE STATIONOct 18, 2017
Tunis, 17 October 2017— The Strengthening Local Capacity for Resilience and Recovery in Libya project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), funded by the European Union, has concluded in partnership with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the EU Delegation to Libya, the EU Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM) and the EU Liaison and Planning Cell (EULPC), a workshop with the Libyan Ministry of Interior (MoI) and personnel of the Hai Al-Andalus Police Station. The objective was to stablish a road map for the center, which is to become the first ‘Model Police Station’ (MPS) in Libya.
The participants were officers and civilian personnel from the Tripoli Police Directorate and the Ministry of Interior including ranking female police personnel.
General Paolo Serra, UNSMIL Senior Military Advisor, Security Affairs Director in Tripoli Police Directorate, Col. Nouri IABED, H.E Ms. Bettina Muscheidt, EU Ambassador to Libya, UNDP Country Director, Ms. Noura Hamladji, and EUBAM Senior Police Adviser, Mr. Robert Nerud, inaugurated the event.
Addressing participants, Lieutenant-General Paolo Serra, UNSMIL Senior Military Advisor said that is decisive to work together. He stated:
“It is a joint effort: the UN, the EU, Libya and the international community are working together, not only improve the infrastructure but also by training on new skills, augmenting technical capabilities, and enhancing the relationship between the police and the population,” said Lieutenant-General Paolo Serra, addressing the participants. “It is the first step to achieve a model police station that can be replicated in cities in the immediate future.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our officials and for all Libyans. This workshop is just the beginning. This project will make this police station organized and will have better capacity to deal with the security problems we are facing in our country. This model will be replicated in other police stations and I am convinced that this will help us to reduce conflict and crime,” said Col. Nouri IABED.
On the importance of the police outreach to the community, EU Ambassador to Libya, H.E. Ms. Bettina Muscheidt stated:
“Model police stations are more than buildings – they embody a very different approach, bringing the police and civilian security closer to the citizens. Modern, better processes in handling conflict within a rule of law framework put human rights and respect for citizens at the center of this approach. This project will bring best international practice to Libya's capital. The EU is proud to support this project – which will become important to local residents but also to others living in this neighborhood in Tripoli." She added: "The presence of female officials from the Ministry of Interior at this workshop is encouraging – as Libya will need women to also take a lead in the police and other Rule of Law functions."
The workshop held in Tunis aimed at establishing an understanding on the template of a pilot ‘Model Police Station’ (MPS), and is one of the activities that the UNDP three-years EU funded initiative is undertaking to address local conflict and to strengthen municipal capacities.
“The overall goal of the project is to help local authorities in Libya to protect its people, provide better services and create jobs and entrepreneur opportunities. This activity falls under 'increasing security'. During these days, the police officers learned some best practices on mediation to resolve local conflicts that will help them to work in a more efficient way,” explained Ms. Noura Hamladji, UNDP Country Director in Libya.
The Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG), composed by UNSMIL, UNDP Libya, EUBAM and EULPC, was the host of this two-day event.
From 16 to 17 October, the participants created a Detailed Roll-out Plan (DROP), which after the approval of the MoL, will be used as the basis of planning further activities to activate the pilot model police station.
Note to the editor:
The Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG) was created in August 2017 to coordinate the technical advisory capacity of UNSMIL, EUBAM, UNDP Libya and EULPC on all relevant issues regarding rule of law and security institutions assistance, including the development of model police station frameworks.
This project is implemented in the framework of the €90 million programme "Managing mixed migration flows in Libya through expanding protection space and supporting local socioeconomic development" financed by the North of Africa Window of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. The main objective of this programme is to comprehensively reinforce protection and resilience of migrants, refugees and host communities in Libya while supporting an improved migration management along the migration routes in the country.Contact information:
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