Shehri-Citizens for a Better Environment (Shehri-CBE) with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) have been working with policemen. This work initially only concentrated on human rights training of police personnel in Karachi in 2007-8. In 2008 the area of work was expanded, with the support of National Endowment of Democracy , Shehri-CBE conducted human rights trainings of police personnel in interior Sindh namely Hyderabad, (which also include staff from Mirpur Khas, Sukkur and Badin) Karachi and Islamabad. In addition to conducting human rights trainings, Shehri-CBE also initiated a public dialogue on police reforms.
The main objective of the work with police was human rights sensitization with the police and to build and expand on the already concluded work of Shehri-CBE in improving policing of human rights. The project was participatory and sought inputs from all stakeholders.
Project evaluations have shown that there has been some success, since the start of the project in July 2007 to date in facilitating a positive interaction between the local community and law enforcement officials. In other words a process of developing trust/cooperation was initiated through this project thus strengthening democratic rule. This is considered essential for sustainability of actions as lack of trust and absence of meaningful communication between the two is mainly responsible for the existing discontent.
It is important to mention that the Shehri-NED project ``Participatory Citizen Police Interaction and training for improved policing of human rights violations” was based on preliminary trust building work that Shehri-CBE had done. In 2006, Shehri-CBE with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation had conducted some trust building exercises with policemen. However, the Shehri-NED project has been responsible for the following:
- Increased interaction between citizens and the police personnel
- Increased awareness of police personnel of human rights issues
- Police personnel becoming citizen centric