Photo credit: Khusrav Zuhurov/Saferworld
Photo credit: Khusrav Zuhurov/Saferworld

Promoting people-centred policing

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, with many cases of police taking bribes or violating human rights. 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 four partners, we promote and advocate for partnerships between communities and authorities, supporting them to work together to identify and address the main threats to their safety and security. In a post-conflict environment, getting police and communities together 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.

We also advocate to government officials, law-makers and the national police department for improved police services – encouraging them to support and adopt community-led approaches and ensure that people’s safety is their priority. We do this by providing evidence on the effectiveness of community-centred approaches to policing, giving practical support to the police – including providing equipment to tackle cybercrime and helping to set up a criminal statistics database – and by holding officials to their commitments within existing laws and regulations.

We also support civil society and authorities to work together to address people’s security concerns.