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One week at PCP Ramallah & Al-Bireh District

One week at PCP Ramallah & Al-Bireh District

Earlier this month, a number of EUPOL COPPS Advisers from the Police Advisory Section carried out a series of visits to the Ramallah & Al-Bireh Police District. This visit granted the Mission the opportunity to spend a number of working days together with the Police Officers in charge of closest citizens` offices, obtaining first-hand information about their work and perspectives, and exchanging best practices. The Advisers met the District Commander and the Heads of all the District Offices, including the following units: Human Resources, Finance and Logistics, Operations, Community Policing, CID and Investigation, Traffic, Guards and Internal Security, Explosives, Touristic and Antiquities and Environmental Crimes; and also visited two District`s Police Stations, Birzeit and Beitunia. Throughout the visits, the Advisers had the opportunity to discuss, as well as exchange best practices, on a number of pertinent issues with the local Police officers, ranging from daily routine problems, strengths and weaknesses of operations, current organisational and logistic needs as well as upcoming challenges. This fruitful series of visits has enhanced EUPOL COPPS support to the Palestinian Civil Police, with the ultimate aim of continuing to enrich the PCP’s services to the local beneficiaries.

EUPOL COPPS starts study trip to Spain to empower Palestinian female lawyers

EUPOL COPPS starts study trip to Spain to empower Palestinian female lawyers

EUPOL COPPS has begun the first activity in a study visit to Barcelona, Spain, to enable six Palestinian female lawyers to learn about the Spanish experience from a Gender perspective in the Justice institutions and the relationship between judges and lawyers.   The first visit was to the Judicial School in Barcelona where the director and his deputy explained how they train judges and how they focus on Gender empowerment within the training.   On the second day of the study trip to Spain, the six Palestinian Female lawyers met with the Spanish Women Judges Association to learn further about the importance and benefits of networking.   During the meeting, some Spanish judges shared their experience as a member of the network in the judiciary, underlining the need to work together in a coordinated fashion.   As part of the journey of empowerment in the justice sector, women need to exercise further efforts in order to attain top positions in the judiciary.  

EUPOL COPPS Head of Mission meets Director of UNRWA at EUPOL COPPS HQ

EUPOL COPPS Head of Mission meets Director of UNRWA at EUPOL COPPS HQ

EUPOL COPPS Head of Mission Nataliya Apostolova hosted a meeting with the recently appointed Director of UNRWA Affairs, West Bank, Adam Bouloukos, at EUPOL COPPS HQ.   Accompanied by members of their respective teams, the two sides discussed ways in which to strengthen cooperation in the implementation of our respective mandates, inter alia in the field of Community Service Dialogue.   EUPOL COPPS looks forward to working closely with UNRWA on issues of mutual interest, keeping the needs of our beneficiaries as a top priority.

EUPOL COPPS organized a workshop to discuss the legislation for a modernized correctional service

EUPOL COPPS organized a workshop to discuss the legislation for a modernized correctional service

EUPOL COPPS organized a workshop to discuss the legislation for a modernized correctional service. The workshop was opened by H.E the Minister of Justice, a representative from the Palestinian Civil Police and the acting head of Mission.   The bill of the Correction and Rehabilitation Centres was preceded by a proposal of updates from the Mission that led to several meetings during which the Mission, together with the PCP, was sitting in an ad-hoc committee chaired by the Ministry of Justice to tailor the draft.   The Ministries of Justice and Interior, senior Palestinian Civil Police officers, legal advisors from the Council of Ministers and other Ministries, in addition to representatives from civil society and EUPOL COPPS advisers participated in the event.

EUPOL COPPS and GIZ strengthen cooperation ties.

EUPOL COPPS and GIZ strengthen cooperation ties.

This week, as part of our ongoing engagement with our International Partners on the ground, EUPOL COPPS Police Advisory Section hosted a team from GIZ in order to discuss and foster further areas of cooperation between the two organisations. A number of themes were discussed, including Community Policing, Training, Gender as well as Leadership and Organisational Development, and Criminal Investigation. The two teams explored concrete ideas as to how to further shape cooperation in a way that seeks to strengthen support to our beneficiaries, whilst ensuring that our efforts are carried out in a collaborative manner, avoiding duplication and making the most of our joint resources. EUPOL COPPS strongly encourages cooperation between international partners. For this reason, among others, such meetings will become a regular feature on our agendas.

The Working Group for International Police Missions from the German Federal Police visits EUPOL COPPS

The Working Group for International Police Missions from the German Federal Police visits EUPOL COPPS

Earlier this week, the AG IPM (Working Group for International Police Missions) from the German Federal Police, responsible for coordinating all Police Peacekeeping Missions and Frontex in the EU and UN, paid a visit to EUPOL COPPS in order to experience the Mission’s ongoing support to partners in theatre. The visiting Delegation received a profound insight into the engagements of EUPOL COPPS and also witnessed actual collaboration between one of our primary partners, the Palestinian Civil Police, and EUPOL COPPS by means of the PCPS, Cybercrime Department and the FJPD. The fruitful and open discussions took place in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation, and areas of possible improvements, both for strengthening collaboration as well as for future deployments, were identified.

EUPOL COPPS supports community policing activity in Salfit

EUPOL COPPS supports community policing activity in Salfit

The Youth Council in Salfit and the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) agreed to help farmers to harvest their olive groves in three areas in the Salfit district.   The Police will help with the logistics and will participate in picking olives.   The activity falls within Community Policing as well as within the Media and PR branch of the PCP, both concepts consistently supported by EUPOL COPPS.   Public Relations as well as Community Policing are at the heart of the PCP activities, and aim at strengthening ties with all sectors of society. EUPOL COPPS reiterates our support to the PCP in their endeavors.  

Palestinian officials from Palestinian Judicial Institute concluded a series of Training of Trainers workshops to enhance their training capacity.

Palestinian officials from Palestinian Judicial Institute concluded a series of Training of Trainers workshops to enhance their training capacity.

Five Palestinian officials from Palestinian Judicial Institute (PJI) concluded today a series of Training of Trainers (TOT) workshops to enhance their training capacity.   The director of the Institute and other four members of the training department of the PJI participated in the two-day trip to Rome at at Scuola Superiore di Magistratura.   During the workshops, the attendees received a description of the role and structure of the Scuola Superiore di Magistratura and share best practices in the field of methodology of TOT.   They also tackled topics such as: the design and implementation of initial and continuous training activities; the choice of contents and trainers; the training of trainers and the involvement of non-judicial trainers; face-to-face teaching and the classroom management; legal documentation; the use of new technologies; the evaluation system and training needs analysis.   The event, which was organised and funded by EUPOL COPPS, is part of the Palestinian Judicial Institute endeavor to develop a training of trainers TOT methodology to respond to the overall training needs of the Palestinian judiciary knowing that the highest standards in the continuous professionalization of the judiciary are contributing to an independent and efficient justice as public service.  

EUPOL COPPS Adviser visits illegal dumping sites in Al-Ram district

EUPOL COPPS Adviser visits illegal dumping sites in Al-Ram district

On the 26 September 2022, EUPOL COPPS Mission visited illegal dumping sites in Al-Ram district, south of Ramallah, to determine the extent of damage for the environment. The visit to the two areas -- Jabaa and Qalandya -- was arranged by Environmental Quality Authority, Governor of Jerusalem District and Al – Ram Municipality.   The types of waste that the joint group witnessed on the illegal dumpsites includes different kinds of waste, such as construction waste, hazardous waste (asphalt, painting, electrical, sanitary installations, rubber, glass, plastic and metal).   The joint team also noticed a strong smell of rotten organic material. On one of the dumpsites there was on fire, sending heavy smoke billowing out of the area, which poses a potential health hazard.   “Open waste dumping has many grave outcomes such as low soil quality, ground water contamination and spread of deadly diseases. With human population multiplying in thousands, it is critical to come up with safer disposal options,” said Michael Ljungqvist, the Mission’s Adviser Environmental Investigations.   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.  

EUPOL COPPS met with the Ministry of Justice Human rights section for the third time in a row in in process of review the Corrections and Rehabilitation Centres (Prison) Law

EUPOL COPPS met with the Ministry of Justice Human rights section for the third time in a row in in process of review the Corrections and Rehabilitation Centres (Prison) Law

On the 29 Aug, the Mission met with the Ministry of Justice Human rights section for the third time in a row in in process of review the Corrections and Rehabilitation Centres (Prison) Law. The meetings came after the Mission’s proposal on required amendments and updates of the law. The mission have highlighted recommendations from the recent presented UN Committee against Torture report of Palestine, when processing the draft.