Myanmar: ICRC expands dialogue on policing standards in Kachin State

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Myanmar Police Force launched a four-day seminar in Myitkyina, Kachin State, on Tuesday, dealing with international policing standards and the exercise of police powers. This is the first such seminar for police officers at Kachin State level.
Running until 3 October, the seminar brings together 32 police officers from the ranks of Lieutenant to Lieutenant-Colonel. John-Erik Jensen, the ICRC’s regional police expert with more than 30 years of experience as a police officer, is running the seminar.
“We are delighted to continue expanding our dialogue with the Myanmar Police Force,” said Jürg Montani, the ICRC’s head of delegation in Myanmar. “Through its work with police forces around the world, the ICRC has gained expertise in addressing the challenges facing law-enforcement officers in a wide variety of situations. We look forward to fruitful exchanges of experience this week and in the future.”
The seminar in Myitkyina follows similar events held for senior Myanmar police officers in Nay Pyi Taw and Sittway in 2013.
Through presentations, videos, case studies and practical exercises, the workshop focused on the discretionary use of police powers. As in previous seminars, topics covered included public-order management and riot control, the use of force and firearms, arrest and detention, and search practices. Participants were introduced to the ICRC’s role and activities in Myanmar and throughout the world.
The ICRC opened its office in Kachin state in March 201. In partnership with the Myanmar Red Cross Society, the ICRC also helps develop sources of income for conflict affected communities.

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