UNOPS

01/10/2012

Improved police training facility inaugurated in Palestine

JERICHO – The upgraded Palestine College for Police Sciences in Jericho has been inaugurated by the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority and the President of the European Commission at a recent ceremony.

​The facility, which could previously only support 150 male cadets at one time, can now take 520 cadets of both sexes.

The €15 million college has been funded by contributions from the European Commission and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Construction on the college, which began in 2009, added 12 new buildings and completely rehabilitated two of the original structures.

All the buildings were designed, constructed and furnished by UNOPS.

The upgraded college will provide state-of-the-art policing training to the Palestinian Civil Police, which was created in 1994 to provide day-to-day civil policing throughout the West Bank and Gaza. The force has some 8,000 officers and provides community policing services, including crime prevention, public order and traffic control.

 

The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, said: "I am confident that the Palestine College for Police Sciences will quickly establish itself as a reference institution for training officers and staff of the Palestinian Civil Police, enabling them to better serve the citizens, and gain the respect and trust of the Palestinian people."

Before the project began, the training facility was in dire need of rehabilitation and expansion in order to meet new education requirements as well as the increased recruitment needs of the Palestinian Civil police.

At that time, the facility could only support 150 cadets and consisted of seven poorly maintained buildings. There was no housing for female cadets and male cadets had to sleep in tents. The upgraded college includes dining halls, lecture halls, an administration building, an auditorium, a gymnasium, and dormitories for 416 male and 104 female cadets, built to international safety and quality standards.

The new facility maximizes the use of natural daylight, and provides energy efficient solutions throughout the buildings. Waste water will be processed through an onsite treatment plant which cleans it for re-use in a variety of ways, including the irrigation of plants in the landscaped areas. This reduces the waste leaving the facility.

Special consideration has also been given to gender issues when designing the dormitory building, learning centre, gymnasium, and training houses to ensure the fair participation and education of female cadets.

In addition to the 520 cadets, 72 training staff are working in the facility, making it possible to conduct all civil police training locally in the West Bank and ensuring a standardization of training and procedures across the force.

The college is already carrying out training and the first graduates, including 20 women, completed their courses in April.

Officers and cadets will be trained in policing techniques that adhere to the highest international and human rights standards.

The curriculum design has been supported by advisors from the European Union Police Coordination Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS), which is helping the Palestinian Authority to establish sustainable and effective policing arrangements by strengthening the capacity of the civil police.

The inauguration was attended by ministers of the Palestinian National Authority, the Chief of Police Major General Hazem Atallah and other senior members of the Palestinian security forces, and the European Union heads of mission.