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EUPOL COPPS PPIO and Community Policing Teams team up with PCP for a Community Policing Activity at a School in Beit Jala, Bethlehem

EUPOL COPPS PPIO and Community Policing Teams team up with PCP for a Community Policing Activity at a School in Beit Jala, Bethlehem

EUPOL COPPS CP and PPIO teams joined the Bethlehem District Mobile Police Station (MPS) for another Community Oriented Policing activity at the Latin Patriarchate School/St. Francis Javier Building in the Beit Jala neighborhood of Bethlehem. The Mission and the PCP were warmly received by School Director Ms. Mary Zreineh and her staff of teachers for the approx. 450 pupils in the establishment.  The PCP MPS commander – Lt.Col Mohammed Abu Snene – and his crew staged a specifically tailored CP outreach for children explaining the role and function of the Police in the society. A joint PCP/EUPOL COPPS  distribution of visibility items for approx. 150 pupils formed part of the visit. Another constructive example of the PCP’s concrete implementation of the CP concept, illustrating the  positive bond between the Police and the Palestinian society.

Increasing Female Participation in the PCP

Increasing Female Participation in the PCP

On 06 February, the Mission met with the PCP Special Forces (SPF) and its newly formed squad, consisting of women police officers. SPF has over the past year, worked ambitiously in establishing a women-led unit and selected 33 policewomen that have successfully completed the special forces training. The Mission values the relationship with SPF and stands ready to fully support the female officers with capacity-building.  

Acting Head of Mission Meets with Chief of Police

Acting Head of Mission Meets with Chief of Police

On 7 February 2024, the EUPOL COPPS AHOM Karin Limdal met with the General Director of Palestinian Civil Police, Maj. Gen. Yousef Al-Helou. The Chief of Police stressed the increasing and unprecedented violence of Israeli forces in the West Bank. The EUPOL COPPS team inquired about the implementation of the Reform Agenda and stressed the good cooperation on the resumption of the Bethlehem project. Both agreed to pay a joint visit to the project activities in Bethlehem in the near future.  

Field Visit to Bethlehem by Community Policing and PPIO Teams

Field Visit to Bethlehem by Community Policing and PPIO Teams

EUPOL COPPS Community Policing (CP) and PPIO teams staged a field visit to the Bethlehem PCP District HQ where Community Policing activities were discussed. A productive meeting paving the way to continue implementation of the CP concept even in the current challenging circumstances. EUPOL COPPS was warmly received by the PCP Regional Coordinator for Media PR and Community Policing. Forthcoming activities were also jointly planned.  

EUPOL COPPS Training and Community Policing Advisors staged a presentation on the Community-Oriented Policing Concepts for the new cadets in Jericho

EUPOL COPPS Training and Community Policing Advisors staged a presentation on the Community-Oriented Policing Concepts for the new cadets in Jericho

EUPOL COPPS Training and Community Policing Advisors, hosted by the Palestinian Civilian Police Academy Director, met a number of PCP cadets of the current batch in training at the PCP Academy in Jericho. The EU Police Advisors staged a presentation on the Community-Oriented Policing concept and its application throughout the full extent of various Police duties the PCP cadets are soon to face.  A lively and fruitful exchange of best practices in the realm of Community Policing.  

EUPOL COPPS holds gender coaching session for staff members of Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission

EUPOL COPPS holds gender coaching session for staff members of Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission

On 29 January, the Mission held the third in-person gender coaching session for the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (PACC) Gender and Human Rights Department, to strengthen the Commission’s efforts in institutionalizing gender mainstreaming in policies and operations by linking national policies and international obligations with internal and external interventions. The session focused particularly on the important role of civil society and external partnerships to better support the Palestinian people.  

EUPOLCOPPS and Palestinian police discuss key police project in Bethlehem

EUPOLCOPPS and Palestinian police discuss key police project in Bethlehem

EUPOLCOPPS Head of Operations; Mr. Rene Nuijten, Deputy Head of Security Sector Reform Section (SSRS), Rade Odzic and other mission colleagues met with the newly appointed District Commander; Brig. Mohammad Abu El Rub to congratulate him on his new position and to discuss the continuation of the Pilot Project for Bethlehem District. The Bethlehem Pilot Project was planned in July 2023 to support the PCP Bethlehem District and to raise the capacity of the PCP at an operational level. This project offers support in 13 different policing areas such as; cybercrime, community policing, family protection and others. The project aims at further strengthening the Police - Prosecution cooperation, promotes Human Rights and gender mainstreaming. During the meeting, it was agreed that the project will continue taking into account the new needs that were raised by the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) District level under this current circumstances.  

EUPOL COPPS Conducts Gender Coaching Session for the PACC Gender and Human Rights Department

EUPOL COPPS Conducts Gender Coaching Session for the PACC Gender and Human Rights Department

On 24 January, the Mission continued its longstanding commitment to its Palestinian partners in advancing gender equality, by conducting the second in-person gender coaching session for the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (PACC) Gender and Human Rights Department, to strengthen the Commission’s efforts in institutionalizing gender mainstreaming in policies and operations by linking national policies and international obligations in the development of a gender action plan that is in accordance with UNSCR 1325.

Acting Head of Mission meets with the Head of Palestinian Bar Association

Acting Head of Mission meets with the Head of Palestinian Bar Association

On 24 January 2024 the AHOM Karin Limdal met with the Head of Palestinian Bar Association (PBA), Mr. Fadi Abbas. She emphasized the importance of lawyers as guardians of the criminal justice proceedings. While acknowledging the extremely difficult situation she asked for PBA representation in the Juvenile working group and for the mission to engage with the female network for leadership. While Mr. Abbas said that the severe restriction in freedom of movement deeply affect the judicial sector and stressed that the situation of the colleagues in Gaza is currently PBA’s main priority he pledges for continued cooperation with EUPOL COPPS.

EUPOL COPPS PPIO and CP Teams hold joint activity with the PCP in Abu Dis

EUPOL COPPS PPIO and CP Teams hold joint activity with the PCP in Abu Dis

The EUPOL COPPS and PCP partnership in the fields of Media and PR and Community Policing continued today with yet another outreach activity in Abu Dis village east of Jerusalem. There, the PCP together with the CP and PPIO teams visited the Abu Dis private boarding school for children with special needs, wherein activities were organised by the PCP and visibility items were distributed to approximately 40 children of all ages. A clear example of continuing to bridge the gap between the Palestinian society and the PCP.