EUPOL COPPS organizes presentations on managing database for provision of trainings by Palestinian Judicial Institute
The court team of EUPOL COPPS Mission held presentations this week for the senior management, including the members of the Academic Committee, of the Palestinian Judicial Institute (PJI) and the staff working in the PJI Training Department to introduce the participants to the key features of the Swedish database system for Training and Learning Management. The presentations for eight participants also touched upon topics related to the organisational structure, mandate and activities of the Swedish Training Academy for Judges with a particular focus on the provision of online training activities as a crises management tool during Coivd-19 pandemic. The presentations were followed by a round-table discussion during which the participants had the opportunity to exchange their thoughts and to identify learning points on how to expand the capacity of the PJI in the field of distance learning and online training. “ The pandemic has in many ways reshaped our way of approaching the provision of legal training by moving us away from teacher-led classroom training towards remote based model of training, said Anna Wielgosz, the Mission’s Justice expert. “Our hope is that this opportunity will help promote further exchange initiatives and strengthen the ongoing cooperation between the EUPOL COPPS and the PJI in order to ensure the quality and continuity of legal training in Palestine - especially in times of public health emergency,” she added
Head of EUPOL COPPS Mission meets with new Chief of Palestinian Police
EUPOL COPPS Head Nataliya Apostolova met today with the new Chief of Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) Major General Yousif Helo, who was appointed this week. During the fruitful meeting, Mrs. Apostolova together with the Mission’s Head of Police Advisory Section Pasi Aho, congratulated Mr. Helo on the new post and stressed that the Mission stands ready to continue its support to the PCP in all fields of it work to enhance the quality of police services provided to the citizens. “We will do our best to help you to further improve the performance, “said Apostolova. “We have 24 police experts from different EU member states in addition to Canada who have a long experience in a variety of police work and they are ready to lend support,” she added. Major General Helo told Apostolova that he and his team would introduce many changes within the PCP and would further enhance the performance of the PCP though a number of procedures, including consolidated police primacy, improved standard operation procedures, enhanced accountability and to decrease time of police response to the needs of the people. “All these procedures will seek to make the citizens’ needs quickly taken care of by all PCP administrations,” he said. “No one is above the law, me included,” he added. EUPOL COPPS, which was established in 2006, assists the Palestinian Authority in building its institutions for a future Palestinian state, focusing mainly on security and justice sector reforms, under Palestinian ownership and in accordance with the best European and international standards.
EUPOL COPPS supports training on ‘Sentence Planning’ for the Palestinian Penitentiary
EUPOL COPPS penitentiary adviser participated in a training session on ‘Sentence Planning’ and treatment of prisoners for 13 Palestinian correction officers. The training in the northern West Bank City of Nablus for the officers from the Correction and Rehabilitation Centres Department (CRCD) – 10 male and 3 female police officers -- focused on conversational techniques, criminal psychology, classification of inmates and how to use the sentence planning template when doing risk/need assessment and treatment plan for the individual inmate. A Sentence plan describes the treatment and activities that the inmate should complete while in prison in order to reduce the risk of reoffending and to support the adaptation to a life in society. The Sentence planning instrument was implemented with the help of the Mission in 2019 and started as a pilot project at the prison in Jericho. The correction and the rehabilitation centres in Nablus and Jenin will be the second and third to execute the plan. The immediate result of this training was that the officers are ready to implement a structured sentence planning for the inmates at the two newly built prisons which have been built via funding from the Office of the EU Representative. “In order to achieve the expected results, the prisoners should be encouraged to engage with the sentence plan and be involved in setting targets,” said Mark Tingvall, the Mission’s Penitentiary Adviser. “The Sentence planning project pulls the CRCD to more client-centered efforts when working with inmates. This will enable a better rehabilitation for prisoners to society,” he adds.
EUPOL COPPS urges protection of the environment
Henrik Forssblad, EUPOL COPPS’ Environmental Crime Police Adviser, said that protecting the environment was of paramount importance for Palestine and praised the efforts of the Palestinian Authority in combating illegal dumping of waste and hazardous materials. The Swedish expert, who has over 20 years of experience in combating environmental crimes, together with the Head of the Environment Quality Authority (EQA) Jamil Emtour, toured a dumping site near Ramallah and saw for themselves the immense amount of waste littering the beautiful olive groves in the area. “The leachate resulting from the decomposition of this landfill site is highly polluting and ultimately seeps down to the underground water aquifers,” said Forssblad. “All should contribute in maintaining a cleaner environment for the benefit of future generations,” he added. The landfill contains plastic containers, wood, glass, metal and other construction material debris. Mr. Emtour said that the dumping of waste also causes significant health problems for the surrounding population. EUPOL COPPS, which provides support to the Palestinian Civil Police and the Judiciary, has recently paid special attention to environmental issues in order to assist Palestinian counterparts in maintaining a clean environment.