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Community Policing Initiative in Minority Regions of Georgia

Country: Georgia
Category: Community Development Programs


Community Policing Initiative in Minority Regions of Georgia (CPI) – program goal is to increase legal awareness in local secondary school students and build community-police partnerships in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region. The core of the program is building and institutionalizing positive dialogue, consultation, and joint problem solving between local police and local communities with the focus on ethnic minority communities. It seeks to overcome existing communication challenges within communities and between communities and the police. Representatives of the community include school students, the school administration, parents and teachers, representatives of local self-government, sport groups, and religious and community leaders.

CPI utilizes school and community interventions to lead to greater engagement of police with the members of selected communities of Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Hence, the two components, legal education in schools and building police-community partnerships, are key program areas of the initiative. Providing police with training and support to incorporate and improve their own personal and professional capacity in crime prevention through using community policing approaches will be the key. Activities build from classroom-based components (building trust and relationship between students and police) and extend out to community-based activities, resulting inreduced recurrence of juvenile delinquency and contributing to the establishment of constructive dialogue between the population of Samtskhe-Javakheti region and police structures.

CPI is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The program is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.

CPI program is built on the experience of Adjara Community Policing Initiative (ACPI), that PH International has implemented during 2015-2020 years with financial support from INL.

Program News

US Ambassador Attends Police Led Legal Culture Class and Interacts with Students and School Community | 27 Oct 2022

US Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited Tskhaltbila Public School of Akhaltsikhe municipality to attend the police-led legal culture lesson within the program „Community Policing Initiative in Minority Regions of Georgia -CPI“.

Ambassador was welcomed by school students, the principal and administration, the head of the Akhaltsikhe educational resource center, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Akhaltsikhe municipality, PH International Director, and the CPI program manager. The Ambassador and guests attended the Legal culture lesson, which was on the topic of road safety. Akhaltsikhe Patrol police officers, Oganes Saponjian and Soso Chilingarashvili, together with the civics teacher delivered the lesson by playing the game and having interactive communication with students. 

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Municipal Projects are Initiated and Planned by Police Officers | 10 May 2022

On May 3-5 CPI Project participant police officers were trained in using community policing approaches in practice and based on them plan municipal projects. Municipal projects aim to create a precedent and platform of implementing joint initiatives between police and local municipalities related to youth problems.  Policing models, such as SARA and PAT, for analyzing and reacting on problems were introduced to police officers. During the 3 days, police officers worked in three groups according to municipalities Akhaltsikhe, Akhalkalaki and Ninotsminda. 

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Meeting with Local Mayors and Chairmen of City Council about Municipal Projects in Samtskhe-Javakheti | 2 May 2022

On May 2 an informational meeting with local municipality mayors and chairmen of city councils of Akhaltsikhe, Akhalkalaki and Ninotsminda was organized within the framework of Community Pollicing Initiative In Samtskhe-Javakheti Region. CPI Program manager presented the CPI project, its aim and planned activities. Special emphasis was made on implementing partnership municipal projects and the role of local municipalities. Municipal projects aim to foster collaboration between police officers and local municipalities to jointly plan and implement the initiatives addressing problems related to local youth security and wellbeing. Local municipalities were open to partnership and future action steps were planned.  

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