October 20, 2017

UNODC to help Myanmar upgrade police training curriculum

Myanmar Police Force and UNODC hold a meeting on Myanmar Police Training System and Recommendations for Improvement. Photo: MNA
Myanmar Police Force and UNODC hold a meeting on Myanmar Police Training System and Recommendations for Improvement. Photo: MNA

THE United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime will help the Myanmar Police Force (MPF) upgrade its training curriculum, according to Mr Jeremy Douglas, UNODC’s resident representative to Myanmar, at the release of the office’s report on the MPF in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
“Myanmar needs the help of experts from foreign countries for the process of curriculum renewal for its police force’s training modules,” said the UNODC resident representative.
The curriculum renewal process, which will be led by the UNODC, is scheduled to begin on 30 May and is set for completion on 31 December this year, he added.
The UNODC Myanmar head stressed the need of greater awareness on law and human rights by Myanmar police officers, reducing its focus on drills and skills.
Training courses in areas such as public services, economic crime and corruption are set to be included in the curricula, he added.
Myanmar aims to reform its police force through a training system that will be upgraded by the UNODC, comprising six work procedures set to last for 30 years.
“We will conduct courses with the use of our own resources, and international experts will be invited to train police officers in respective courses,” said Police Col Aung Htay Myint of the Transnational Organized Crime.
According to the UNODC, US$12 million is set to fund the reform plan covering seven training centers of MPF for the first five years.—Thein Ko Lwin

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