Tajikistan has struggled to create a security sector that serves the majority of people’s needs rather than those of the powerful few. Corruption remains a major problem within the security sector, with many recorded cases of police taking bribes or violating the human rights of vulnerable people. Inability to access police services or justice can lead to resentment, mistrust and a lack of communication between police and the people they are supposed to protect.
Together with five local partners, we promote and advocate for partnerships between local communities and authorities, supporting them to work together to identify and address the main threats to their security. In a post-conflict environment, getting police and communities together in a room to talk about these issues is an important first step in building trust and forming links that can lead to more crimes being reported and addressed. The training we provide for local civil society organisations to work with communities also ensures that these discussions will continue long into the future.
We also advocate to government officials, law-makers and the national police department for improved police services –– to ensure that people’s safety is a priority. We do this by providing evidence on the effectiveness of community-centred approaches to policing, and by holding officials to their commitments within existing laws and regulations.