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Community policing needs to be embedded in system, say experts

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Better policing: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram inaugurating the Global Community Policing Conclave 2010 in Kochi on Wednesday. — Photo: Vipin Chandran
Better policing: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram inaugurating the Global Community Policing Conclave 2010 in Kochi on Wednesday. — Photo: Vipin Chandran

Community policing need to be embedded in the system to be successful, experts have said.

Speaking on the first day of the Global Community Policing Conclave 2010, Nicholas Parker, management consultant on Community Safety and Criminal Justice Sectors, United Kingdom, said the community policing experiment in the U.K., which began in the seventies lost momentum after some time. This had to be revived recently.

He made a talk on ‘evolution of community policing in England and Wales' at the first session, which was about ‘historical development of COP'. Dr. Richard H. Ward of the University of New Haven, U.S., made the keynote address on ‘Community Policing: Its relevance today”.

Other speakers at the session included David W. Purdy, senior police advisor for the Department of State, U.S.; Arie Van Sluis, assistant professor at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Habil Emil W. Plywaczewski, professor and director, chair of Criminal Law and head of Division of Penal Law and Criminology, University of Bialystok, Poland; Michael M. Berlin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Coppin State University, U.S.

The next session had some interesting moments as police officials and administrators from Afghanistan shared their experience. The theme of the session was ‘comparative COP theory and practice: Varieties of Communities'. The tone was set by Tonita Murray, senior advisor, Ministry of Interior, Afghanistan, with her talk titled “The Elephant, the Mouse and the Ant chase – an Afghan phantom COP'. She chaired the session.

In his address, Mustaq Rahim, Assistant Country Director, United Nations Development Project, said the police need to be civilianised and there was a need to build public awareness on police's traditional roles.

Other speakers in the session were Ahmad Zaki, UNDP Afghan project coordinator; Adbul Basir Yosufi, policy advisor and team leader, Ministerial Policy Unit, Ministry of Interior, Afghanistan; and Doel Mukherjee, consultant, Democratic Policing, UNDP Afghanistan.

Aswhani Kumar, Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, chaired the next session, which was the second in the series of Comparative COP Theory and Practice that focussed on ‘convergence between East and West'.

Dilip K. Das, founding president of the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES); Sami Nabhan, head of the Service and Operations Section, and General Mounir Chaaban, head of the Training Section, Internal Security Forces, Lebanon; Muji Diah Setiani, assistant superintendent, and Am Sri Sudaryani Wahyuni, Interpol Police Inspector, Jakarta; Aleksandar Kostovski, International Rule of Law officer, Macedonia; and Shafiullah Walizada and Abdul Gheyas, Interpol Wing, Interior Ministry, Afghanistan, were the other speakers at this session.

After the deliberations, the State police officers shared the community policing experience with delegates at the conclave. This was followed by cultural programmes from the State.

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