Tue 17 Sep 2013
Filed under: Inside Burma,News,United Nations
United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), Country Manager Jason Eligh told Mizzima that the UNODC will assist Myanmar government’s efforts to transform the police force into a national public service body by providing ‘technical and related programmatic assistance’.
They will also help raise the standard of the national police service and bring it on par with international standards.
“We will transform the police force into one that is grounded in international standards and principles of rights based law enforcement”, said Jason Eligh.
He added that the process to transform the police has been initiated by the Myanmar government already, as it is an important step in the national reform agenda.
“I think if we are realistic, we must look at the process of transformation taking many years. I think this is something the government recognizes as well”, he said in response to a query on how long the reform process would take.
Earlier, retired police officers had pointed out that the Myanmar police force lacked competence when it came to management and conflict resolution. They called for capacity building training for the police.
Ral Lian Hmung, Retired Police Col. said, “We need qualified and skilled policemen to resolve the issue. We also need authority too. So we need to train them in many courses. Some might have to undergo training in foreign countries. We also need a lot of manpower of skilled personnel who are aware of international standards and laws.”
He added that besides the urgent need for high caliber Myanmar police personnel there are other issues such as lack of job opportunities, promotions, good pay scale and facilities.
Mizzima has been trying to contact Police Brigadier Gen. Win Khaung in Naypyitaw for queries on capacity building training and reform work on the Myanmar police force since September 10. However, he was unreachable.
Furthermore, William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement informed journalists that the US will provide training on law enforcements to Myanmar police, at a meeting on September 7, in the US Embassy Yangon.