On 11 December, the Programme Office in Astana supported a two-day training seminar for police officers on best practices in managing public assemblies.
Experts from the OSCE Transnational Threats Department/Strategic Police Matters Unit, Armenia and the United Kingdom briefed 22 midand senior-level officers from administrative police departments from the country’s regions on the international standards and legal basis for managing public assemblies. They reviewed the role of the police in maintaining public order and security during various events, preemptive strategies and de-escalation tactics for crowd management and promoting cooperative interaction.
They also examined the regulations regarding the use of non-lethal weapons in the case of disturbances. Police practices in view of the upcoming EXPO-2017 international exhibition in Astana were discussed as well. The event was co-organized by the Office and the Interior Ministry with the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.