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Needs assessment for the improvement of public order management of the Republic of Armenia Police


The Report is prepared by the David I’Anson, Police Superintendent, International Policing Advisor from the United Kingdom National Policing Improvement Agency (Bramshill) with the support of the OSCE Office in Yerevan


Between the 9th and 16th October 2009, a United Kingdom consultant, supported by the Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) Office in Yerevan and the Republic of Armenia Police Service (RA Police) undertook an independent needs analysis review of Public Order Management capability. 

A comprehensive technical document has been compiled with five main categories for development/improvement.

  1. An improvement in senior officer capability and willingness to undertake a multi-agency ‘Public Safety Management’ approach to policing that is much wider than Public Order Management.
  2. Enhanced focus on training in the areas of tactical deployment and the use of force continuum as a direct result of an ‘institutional over emphasis’ on disorder resolution rather than conflict management and passive policing approaches.
  3. A progression to standardised staff ‘personal safety’ through ‘uniformed equipment’ moving away from the all encompassing term ‘Special Means’4. This would provide all staff with the same lower level personal protection; thereby allowing the citizens to have greater confidence in the role and capability of the police service.
  4. A more robust 'scientific approach' to the identification, procurement and deployment of 'Special Means' commensurate with successful tactical consideration but with an expressed expectation on public safety and accountability whenever authorised or used.
  5. To improve the capability and accountability of incident management through the introduction of, Evidence Gathering Teams; use of Tactical Advisors for senior officers, the auditable use of decision-making policy logs and the recording of incident radio communications.