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.
Cyber blackmail awareness campaign launched
The Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) launched a campaign, aimed at promoting awareness on cyber blackmail in collaboration with EUPOL COPPS. The goal of the campaign is to educate users in Palestine on the risks and consequences caused by careless internet use and also raising awareness among people to be more cautious while sharing data on the web and social media due to the rem growth and development of the online space locally and internationally. This advancement is an opportunity for unscrupulous users who take advantage of this growth to harm other people, violate their privacy and use their personal data and pictures to obtain financial gain illegally. Alessandro Buono, EUPOL COPPS’ Cyber Crime Expert has been advising the PCP in the past two years to come up with new ideas to combat the phenomenon of blackmail by means of general prevention. The project, developed in strict cooperation with the PCP Cyber Crime Department and the contractor Extra Production, intends to reach the widest possible range of Palestinian population throughout all existing media, including TV radio and traditional broadcastings, and obviously Internet and social media. It would focus on students in secondary schools, public and private universities and their parents so they stay alert and protected from being victims to these kinds of threats. Cybercrime is any criminal activity that involves a computer, networked device or a network. They are often carried out in order to generate profit for the cybercriminals or to target computers or devices directly to damage or disable them. “Cybercriminals may also target an individual's private information, as well as corporate data for theft and resale,” Buono said at the launching of the event in Ramallah.
Three Palestinian Chief Prosecutors conclude comprehensive pilot mentoring programme on effective leadership
Three Palestinian Chief Prosecutors received certificates for completing a comprehensive mentoring programme on effective leadership, supported and funded by EUPOL COPPS. The programme was launched in August 2020 and included dozens of mentoring sessions, including a two-day workshop delivered by Finnish experts specialised in effective leadership. The aim of the programme is to enhance the professional leadership competencies of prosecutor’s in order to best perform the functions assigned to the prosecution. Nataliya Apostolova, the Head of EUPOL COPPS Mission, and Akram Al-Khatib, the Attorney General, distributed the certificates to the Chief Prosecutors Ms. Nawja Abdallah, Mr. Al'aa Tamimi and Mr. Jamil Sajdeya. “You know that the best prosecutor is a good leader, too. A good leader provides guidance and support, encouragement, and motivation to inspire his or her subordinates to flourish and grow” Apostolova told the prosecutors.
EUPOL COPPS advisers say environmental crimes cannot be tolerated
If people cause significant harm to the environment or to human health, now they have to think twice before committing such a crime. The Palestinian Civil Police (PCP), with the help of EUPOL COPPS Mission, are exerting additional efforts punish those who commit acts of illegal dumping of wastes and hazardous materials in Palestine. The Mission has recently gave a special attention to this new field of work and listed it as one of its leading programmes to support the PCP in its endeavour to fight environmental crimes. “The illegal dumping of wastes has resulted in a global contamination of nature and threaten local ecosystems,” said Henrik Forssblad, a Swedish Environmental Crime police adviser who has over 20 years ‘ experience in combating such crimes in his home country. “I have noticed that the PCP does not tolerate such crimes, as we don’t in Sweden,” he added. Forssblad started sharing his diverse experience with his Palestinian counterparts since he took his job at the Mission in beginning of 2020. He and other Mission advisers recently went to Bethlehem district and visited the nearby village of Battir to see for themselves the kind of environmental crimes there and best ways to tackle them. In Bethlehem, the Mission advisers met the Head of Antiquities and Tourism Police and his staff presented the efforts being exerted to combat environmental crimes - obviously with great engagement and with an impressing result. The two sides paid visits to places where environmental crimes have been committed. They saw large amounts of dumped waste in areas near Bethlehem.