The training sessions will provide an opportunity for police, community members and civil society actors to jointly identify existing challenges and possible solutions, thus encouraging communication and collaboration between the police and communities. These forums also facilitate creating a space for the meaningful participation and representation of women.
The project will be implemented in the governorates of Anbar, Babylon, Baghdad, Basra, Diyala, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Ninewa, Salah al-Din and Sulaymaniyah.
IOM’s main partners for the project will be the Ministry of Interior, specifically the Community Police Directorates of the Central Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government.
IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss (pictured) said:
“We are pleased to contribute to the stabilization of liberated areas and a few other selected governorates through the Community Policing Project, funded by the Federal Republic of Germany. Initiatives like these, which develop and implement a community-based security approach, are crucial in the aftermath of a devastating and violent conflict like Iraq’s.
“The project will also help us better address the needs of displaced Iraqis who return to their homes, particularly in terms of feeling safe and protected, in coordination with the Central Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government.”