On the importance of the police outreach to the community, EU Ambassador to Libya, H.E. Ms. Bettina Muscheidt stated:
“Model police stations are more than buildings – they embody a very different approach, bringing the police and civilian security closer to the citizens. Modern, better processes in handling conflict within a rule of law framework put human rights and respect for citizens at the center of this approach. This project will bring best international practice to Libya's capital.
"The EU is proud to support this project – which will become important to local residents but also to others living in this neighborhood in Tripoli ... The presence of female officials from the Ministry of Interior at this workshop is encouraging – as Libya will need women to also take a lead in the police and other Rule of Law functions."
The workshop held in Tunis aimed at establishing an understanding on the template of a pilot ‘Model Police Station’ (MPS), and is one of the activities that the UNDP three-years EU funded initiative is undertaking to address local conflict and to strengthen municipal capacities.
“The overall goal of the project is to help local authorities in Libya to protect its people, provide better services and create jobs and entrepreneur opportunities. This activity falls under 'increasing security'. During these days, the police officers learned some best practices on mediation to resolve local conflicts that will help them to work in a more efficient way,” explained Ms. Noura Hamladji, UNDP Country Director in Libya.
The Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG), composed by UNSMIL, UNDP Libya, EUBAM and EULPC, was the host of this two-day event.
From 16 to 17 October, the participants created a Detailed Roll-out Plan (DROP), which after the approval of the MoL, will be used as the basis of planning further activities to activate the pilot model police station.