The purpose of the project is to build the capacity of Internal Troops and Police of Azerbaijan in appropriate use of reasonable measures and proportional methods of public assembly management consistent with OSCE commitments, international standards and human rights practices.
In 2005 the OSCE Office in Baku started the programme of training at Azerbaijan's urban and regional police stations on modem techniques to conduct the safe and lawful exercise of freedom of assembly. In the framework of this programme, Police trainers of the German Land of Schleswig-Holstein conducted training activities on the appropriate use of non-violent methods of crowd control for internal troops, rapid reaction teams, and Baku City Police Department staff members during 2005, 2006 and 2007.
In 2007, the Special Law Enforcement Service of Hungarian National Police, based on its recent experiences, offered its services and conducted a four week crowd control training course for members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Internal Troops (officers commanding platoon-sized units or permanent cadre directly involved in managing event control activity) in Hungary.
From 18-19 January 2008, the Office initiated a co-ordination meeting to further enhance its activities on building the capacity of law-enforcement agencies in crowd control. The meeting provided a platform for exchanging information on past experiences and upcoming activities. All key international donors agreed that they would co- ordinate their activities in public assembly management training, an agreement embraced by the representatives of the Internal Troops and Ministry of Internal Affairs present at the meeting.
On 12-17 February 2008, as a next step toward implementing the planned activities, the Office hosted technical experts each from Hungary, Germany, France, Turkey and Northern Ireland to assess the training needs of the appropriate agencies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. As a result of one week of intensive work, a report containing a detailed training plan and training schedule was drafted and 1500 members of the Internal Troops and Police were trained as per the training schedule during the period of March-June 2008.
In 2009, the Office continued the project with refresher training, marking the beginning of the Office's work in the area of freedom of assembly in advance of 2010 Parliamentary elections. Thus, from 2006 until 2009 the Office, through the project, has trained 1000 officers of the Internal Troops, 580 officers of Baku Police and 64 officers of the Rapid reaction team of the Ministry ofinternal Affairs.
The project shall consist of training for the Internal Troops and Police of Ganja. The training activities shall include both theoretical and practical exercises and will bring together total of 70 senior representatives of relevant government agencies dealing with public assembly management.