Strengthening the PCP within the security sector
The MoI Advisers work at strategic level with senior officials at the Ministry of the Interior, supporting the reform and development of the Palestinian Civilian Police. Guided by the Minister and Head of Mission, the Advisers aim is to support the clear definition and strengthen the position of the Palestinian Civilian Police within the security sector. Current priorities include the development of a Police Law and clear definition of the roles and responsibilities of the Police.
EUPOL COPPS advisers support the MOI and PCP at strategic level to embed the concept of civilian police primacy through cooperation and coordination with the wider security sector agencies and their international advisers. At operational level EUPOL COPPS has supported the development of multi agency ‘major incident’ table top exercises to enhance learning and develop standard operating procedures, thereby strengthening the PCP’s civilian police primacy role.
PAS promote, coordinate and facilitate a number of joint Israeli and Palestinian workshops, by bringing together specialized police departments and prosecution units from both organizations. This allows technical exchanges to take place, with topics such as legal procedures, local agreements in joint investigations, exchange of criminal intelligence, joint operations and the improvement of continuity of evidence being discussed. Additionally, other technical exchanges take place of a regular basis with PAS coordinating and organising events such as juvenile crime and domestic violence, community policing, traffic and penitentiary workshops and conferences.
Developing and strengthening PCP organizational structures
PAS Human Resources advisers are supporting the PCP in empowering its Human Resources Administration to further develop its internal administrative procedures and human resources management capacities. Continued development in this area will enable the PCP to implement professional and transparent human resources policies, job descriptions that are aligned with a unit’s standardized operating procedures and mandates for all PCP departments and units. These reforms will enhance the PCP’s capacity to deliver an effective and efficient police service that is sustainable and accountable.
Promoting effective and efficient frontline policing
Advisers support frontline policing administrations in a wide-range of activities, including criminal investigation, traffic, patrol and public order duties. The introduction of Intelligence Led Policing will further foster the concept of Community-Orientated Policing, enhance command and control provisions and strengthen the core policing competencies of first-responders. This comprehensive approach is being piloted in the City of Ramallah, with a view to expansion to the other 10 policing districts.
The Prisons advisers cover several key areas in the development of the Correctional and Rehabilitation Centres run by the PCP. Focusing on dynamic training, control and restraint techniques, fire response capabilities and development of prison by-laws, they seek to support a positive rehabilitation environment. EUPO LCOPPS advisers are the focal-point for international coordination and cooperation and currently carrying out an comprehensive review of prison conditions measured against international standards.
Strengthening PCP administrative and internal support capabilities
Internal Support advisers work in partnership with PCP staff in Human Resources, Training, Information Technology, Logistics and Finance. They build further capacity and skills, developing effective systems and processes alongside local counterparts at District and Headquarters levels, as well as through the Palestinian College for Police Sciences in Jericho. The advisers play a significant role in project management, also supporting externally funded projects.
Supporting PCP accountability and oversight
EUPOL COPPS advisers supported the development of the PCP’s Accountability Strategy and will assist with implementation planning in all PCP Administrations and Districts. A complaints mechanism has been developed, that incorporates a computerized system in all PCP Departments with accountability units including the Bureau for Grievances and Human Rights. Working with the Police Security and Discipline Department and the Inspector General’s Office, advisers are supporting the development of Standard Operating Procedures and manuals for these units.
Working with local PCP counterparts, the team is also engaged in developing a Code of Conduct based on the principles of democracy, human rights and gender. EUPOL COPPS advisers support their counterparts to promote greater public awareness of the PCP through the development of proactive campaigns, media coverage and engagement with civil society organizations.