INL and UNODC Help Build Community-Based Partnerships on Crime Prevention in Kyrgyzstan


Jeti-Oguz, 24 November 2017 – On 24 November, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) teamed up with local authorities and police in Jeti-Oguz to open a renovated police station and local crime prevention centre. Two million Kyrgyz soms were spent on the refurbishment, half of which was covered by the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic and local self-government bodies.

“INL, in partnership with UNODC, is assisting in the implementation of local crime prevention plans for 2017-2018 in 10 municipalities.  In addition, INL partially funded the construction of six modern police stations.  These projects promote community policing and strong partnerships between the police, local government and the communities such as the one in Jeti-Oguz,” remarked Sandeep Paul, INL Director at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek.

“Crime prevention work undertaken in Jeti-Oguz serves as a good example of effective police-public partnerships.” – said Koen Marquering, UNODC’s International Coordinator.

Local crime prevention centres play an important coordinating role in the area of crime prevention in Kyrgyzstan.  With INL funding, a series of workshops were held for members of the local crime prevention centre in Jeti-Oguz and a public awareness raising campaign was launched to inform the population about the services the centre provides.  

“As a result of these efforts, a local crime prevention plan is successfully being implemented in Jeti-Oguz.” – Marquering noted.

“The project in Jeti-Oguz has not only strengthened the partnership between police and the community, but also triggered local budget allocations for improving public safety and preventing crime,” noted the INL Director.

A crime prevention working group, composed of local government officials, police officers, members of the local crime prevention centre and other civil society activists, regularly conducts consultations with the population to identify crime and public safety issues that are of concern to the people in the municipality.  This year they prioritized interventions to counter the risk of violent extremism, domestic violence and juvenile delinquency with a series of dialogue platforms on the prevention of extremism.  In order to develop critical thinking and increase the resilience of youth to violent extremism, children and teenagers are involved in forum theater and sports activities.

According to Marquering, “it is also worth noting Jeti Oguz’s achievements in addressing cattle theft and road traffic accidents, which are common occurrences in Kyrgyzstan.  Thanks to a series of joint interventions, livestock in Jeti-Oguz is actively being registered and measures have been taken to suppress illegal trade in livestock.  Also, along the main provincial road video cameras have been installed, which encourages speed limit compliance and promotes road and public safety more broadly.”

UNODC promotes crime prevention within the framework of its 2015-2019 Programme for Central Asia with financial support provided by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).


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