In Azerbaijan, the OSCE carried out a needs assessment in 2002 and 2003 to identify key areas of concern. As a result, the Police School in Baku now has a renovated teaching area and a new roof and heating system, Trend reports with reference to OSCE release.
The OSCE Office in Baku has also provided more than 2,000 books, computers and other equipment for the school's library and has helped introduce a new curriculum based on the principles of community policing.
A website has also been set up to provide public information on police services, individual rights and advice on police-related topics
Police provide the key interface between government and society," says Ambassador Maurizio Pavesi, Head of the OSCE Office in Baku. "We hope that in collaboration with the OSCE and with the continued support of the Government, our programme will equip the police service with the tools needed to transform it into a modern service provider."
The OSCE has been working with a handful of OSCE states, such as Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Azerbaijan, to introduce community policing standards and values. The central goal is to develop relationships between the police services and the communities they serve based on trust and co-operation, improving both police effectiveness and the public's security.