The main objective of this project, which involves the ongoing co-operation between the OSCE, Czech Republic and the Police School of Azerbaijan, was to assist the School in the successful application of the new training curriculum developed by the Twinning Partner, Czech Republic via monitoring and assessment both by the Office’s police experts and Czech partners.
The main objective of this project, which involves the ongoing co-operation between the OSCE, Czech Republic and the Police School of Azerbaijan, was to assist the School in the successful application of the new training curriculum developed by the Twinning Partner, Czech Republic via monitoring and assessment both by the Office’s police experts and Czech partners. The new curriculum covers new subjects such as community policing, domestic violence, communication skills, language and computer classes. The new curriculum is a substantial change from the old, and includes extending the basic induction training from three months to six months. This project monitored and assessed the application of the new Curriculum via facilitation of Czech police instructors visit to Baku.
In the framework of the Twinning Partnership Arrangement with the Czech Republic on the implementation of Police School project of the Police Assistance Programme, the Office facilitated the visit of some instructors of the School to the Police School in Prague and Training Centre in Domajlice in late 2007. The training at that time covered the topics of Community Policing, Human Rights and Special Training. The initiative followed with the visit of four instructors to the Brno Police College in 9-21 March 2008 where the training session focused on the physical preparation, self-defense tactics and shooting training.
The Office facilitated the training of three more instructors of the School to both the Police School in Prague and the Jihlava Training Centre on 19-30 May 2008. The instructors visited the Czech Republic training institutions and trained on the content and delivery of their new courses. The partnership continued with the visit of Czech police instructors to Baku which was split into two visits due to the financial constraints. The first visit by three trainers was realized in August 2008, and aimed at making presentation and preparation of integrated system of education. The second visit, which was financed by the remaining balance of U.S. extra-budgetary contribution focused on monitoring of the application of the new curriculum. The visit coincided with the Office’s visit to the Police School of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic to discuss the educational curriculum of the rank and file police. The accompanying team met with the management of the Police School and presented the office’s police assistance programme and possible intervention in the field of the improvement of the police educational system.
Upon the completion of the visit, the team put together a set of recommendations on continuation of the twinning partnership arrangement between the MIAs of Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic. The recommendations include the facilitation of the visit of Police Schools’ Chief, accompanied by the high-ranking officials of the police education department of the Ministry, to the Czech Republic, establishment of a working group consisting of police school management, senior instructors, ministry officials and the Office police experts, that would deliver frequent monitoring of Curriculum application and work on the further improvement of the training process.
The implementation of this project is essential to the successful introduction of the new Curriculum and the effectiveness of community policing and other project areas.