The purpose of this mission is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of police training in Punjab. Pakistan’s police services continue to be in need of reform, in particular regarding police services that are community responsive, while utilizing modern policing strategies and techniques to solve crimes. The challenges faced by the current police education system are organisational, substantive and attitudinal. At present, reform initiatives are ad hoc or personality driven rather than as a part of a process of systemic change. Currently, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Pakistan is providing support to police departments across Pakistan, including training to build capacity of law enforcement personnel; however this training is limited and does little to reach the vast number of police in Punjab.
For any changes in the education and training system to have an effect, it will require and be dependent on reforms elsewhere within the system – changes in the recruitment system, promotion system and police welfare, overall police strategy, rules and regulations. To this effect, the Inspector General of Police Punjab has requested Norway and UNODC to help design a comprehensive assessment that will reach a larger segment of his Department’s personnel.
Mandating organisation / agency / department / ministry
Mandate outputs / products
Output: Assessment report (plus annexes) will include analysis and recommendation on next steps.
Outcome: The report should contribute to the decision making process within the Punjab police as regards the reform process for their education system. It will also contribute to UNODC, Norwegian and broader international community decision-making on supporting that process.
Outcome objectives of mandate
ISSAT has been requested by Norway to support a comprehensive assessment of the Punjab Police Education and Training System in Pakistan. The main purpose of the assessment is to review:
- the structure of the police education system at the provincial level in Punjab; and
- the content of the courses provided to the junior and upper subordinate ranks of the Punjab Police. The assessment is built around six pillars with a rigorous methodology for analysis. This is a follow-up to the earlier mandate that included undertaking a scoping mission for this assessment process.
ISSAT will provide two advisers to support the Norwegian Police University College team and a further two SSR officers and one Project Assistant to support/backstop the mandate from Geneva.