The Myanmar Police Force hopes to extend the training programme it has conducted in partnership with the European Union since September 2013.

Police Lieutenant-Colonel Thura Boni, , told Mizzima on August 10, that the force was in discussions over a continuation of the scheme which involves representatives of the EU training the local police force in adopting people-oriented procedures, riot control and administration.

“It’s is still unknown how long the training period might be extended for,” said the officer.

The Lieutenant-Colonel added that 3500 police had received training directly from EU representatives and that training had subsequently been rolled out to about half of the county’s police force.

On February 20, the European Union announced that it had allocated 9.5 million euro (K13.5 billion/ US$12.7 million) to support a project of reform in the Myanmar Police Force that began in September 2013 and would continue for 18 months.

Police Lt-Col Thura Boni said that this training had been initiated by the president and therefore had the support of the uppermost ranks of the police force.

He added that the police force would be cooperating with hluttaw representatives in becoming a people-oriented police force.

Pyithu Hluttaw MP Daw Khin Saw Wai (Rakhine National Party, Rathedaung township, Rakhine State) told Mizzima on August 10 that the reformation of the lower ranks was a positive step but that lessons needed to be learned at a senior level as well.

The Pyithu Hluttaw’s Rule of Law and Peace and Stability Committee discussed the police force’s ethics and interaction with the public, the salaries and working conditions of the police and the reformation of unsuitable laws on August 7 and 8.

Police reform was also on the August 7 agenda of the Public Affairs Management Committee and Judicial and Legal Affairs Committee.