PH International

Adjara Community Policing Initiative

Country: Georgia
Category: Community Development Programs


The  Adjara Community Policing Initiative (ACPI)  fosters closer cooperation in 10 rural communities of the Adjara region, with particular focus on cooperation among religious groups and between the community and local police departments. The core of the program  supports building and institutionalizing positive dialogue, consultation, and joint problem solving between local police and rural communities, including religious communities and minorities. The program seeks to overcome existing communication challenges within communities and between communities and the police. Representatives of the community include school students, administration, parents and teachers, representatives of local self-government, sport groups, and religious and community leaders. 

ACPI utilizes school and community interventions to lead greater engagement of police with the members of selected communities of Adjara, hence, the two components, legal socialization in schools and building police-community relations, are key program areas of the initiative. Providing police with training and support to incorporate and improve their own personal and professional capacity to accomplish these community policing objectives are key. Activities build from classroom based components (building trust and relationship between students and police) and extend out to community based activities.

ACPI is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.


Program News

ACPI Program Closing Online Conference | 8 Feb 2021

PH International has held  the closing conference of the 5-year program "Adjara Community Policing Initiative“(ACPI). The program was funded by the US Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

The closing conference was opened by Renee Berrian, Head of the Programs at PH International USA headquarters. She has highlighted PH International's experience in implementing community policing programs in various countries and mentioned ACPI as one of the first pilot programs of this kind in Georgia.  Program participants were greeted and thanked by Rebeca Huntr - the director of INL Georgia office; Mike Turner - Senior Police Advisor of INL Georgia Office,  Ekaterine Machavariani - Director of the International Relations Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia; Konstantine Ananiashvili - Director of the Police Department of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia; Maia Khajishvili - Minister of Education, Culture and Sports of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara.

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Ideathon - An Innovative Model of Police and Youth Communication was Developed and Organized within ACPI program | 19 Jun 2020

9th and 10th grade 30 students from Khulo, Shuakhevi, Khelvachauri, Keda and Kobuleti municipalities took part in an online event with ACPI program: Ideathon – Innovative Ideas Competition. Ideathon was all about generating, developing and presenting in a limited time period innovative ideas on new forms of communication between police and youth. Ideathon itself is an innovative model of communication between youth and police, which was developed within ACPI program during pandemic period.

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An Educational Animation on Cybersecurity has been developed within ACPI and SCOPE Programs | 18 Jun 2020

ACPI and SCOPE programs have developed an educational animation on Cybersecurity. Cybercrimes have increased especially during the pandemic period due to everyone going online. The short educational animation explains with a nice visual and simplicity what is the most common threat in internet, how to keep a cyber hygiene and not be become a victim of a cybercrime. 

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Success Stories

DRR(Disaster Risk Reduction) Simulation at Merisi Boarding School | 7 Jul 2016

On July 6th, simulation of a disaster risk reduction took place at Merisi Boarding School.
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