The objective of this project was to provide further comprehensive training and increase knowledge and capacity of the Baku City Police in the field of Public Assembly Management.
The Office has undertaken a number of initiatives in an effort to increasing the capacity of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Internal Troops and of the Baku City Police to effectively manage public assemblies. The training programme on modern techniques to permit safe and lawful exercise of freedom of assembly began in 2005. In the framework of this programme, training in the appropriate use of non-violent methods of crowd control was conducted by police trainers of the German federation state of Schleswig-Holstein in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Ahead of the 2008 Presidential Election, the Office continued work in the area of freedom of assembly and organized an extensive training programme primarily for the MIA Internal troops in close co-operation with a number of participating Stales (Hungary, France, Germany, Turkey, and the US).
This project marked the beginning of the Office's work in the area of freedom of assembly in advance of the 2010 Parliamentary Elections, which will focus on building the capacity of the Police and the Rapid Reaction forces of the MIA. It therefore served as a basis for a number of anticipated training activities for the Police in 2010. While this particular project only focused on the Baku City Police, should it prove successful, it will be used as a template for similar training in the regions, subject to the Ministry of Interiors approval and choice of location.
Two parallel seminars were held in Baku and were led by a team of German police trainers. The first one took place in the morning with two trainers and focused on theoretical content. Through discussions and working groups different PAM-related subjects were covered. In the afternoon, as part of the second seminar, four trainers coached exercises dealing with practical demonstrations.