OSCE mission training enhances community policing in south Georgian region
( OSCE ) - Fifteen police officers from Samtskhe-Javakheti, an area in south-eastern Georgia that is home to a large ethnic minority population, will learn about community policing at a course organized by the OSCE Mission to Georgia.
Participants in the five-day course, which starts 21 May in Bakuriani, will learn about principles, best practices and international experiences related to community policing, which brings officers closer to the people they serve. Part of the training programme will be dedicated to policing in multi-ethnic and multi-cultural societies.
The course includes practical exercises. It is part of an OSCE Mission programme to assist the Interior Ministry in its efforts to introduce modern community policing principles in Georgia. The programme includes support for the development of a national concept on community policing, specialized training, IT support and study visits to Germany and Estonia.
The training course will take place in the "Evrika" hotel in Bakuriani from 21 May 2007, 12 p.m. to 25 May 2007, 2 p.m. Journalists who are interested in visiting the course are asked to contact the OSCE Mission to
Georgia Press Office.