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Police Protection Training Programs

Shehri’s Work

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
As mentioned above, earlier work with police in terms of human rights sensitization was confined only to Karachi, Hyderabad and Sihala Police College, Rawalpindi. The consultations on police reforms with various stakeholders including civil society groups, academia, media, politicians and police personnel themselves were confined only to Karachi. The project was later extended to a national level in the second phase. The project continues from Aug 2010 – Aug 2011.