UNODC, INL: new grassroots initiatives increase resilience to crime in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK, December 19, 2017 - Every year between 25,000 and 30,000 crimes are registered in Kyrgyzstan. One third of these crimes -- over 10,000 -- occur in the capital, Bishkek. With 1,341 crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016, the Sverdlovsk district has the highest crime rate in the city.

This year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) facilitated a crime prevention assessment to gather crime data, analyze risk factors, and study people’s perceptions of crime and safety in Sverdlovsk district. Based on the findings of this assessment, local government officials, members of the city council, school principals, police officers, and representatives of local crime prevention centers and civil society came together to develop a crime prevention action plan for their district. The plan, which was presented at a public event in Bishkek today, prioritizes four crime and safety issues: public order crime, burglary, road traffic accidents and juvenile delinquency.

To support implementation of the crime prevention plan, a newly-constructed police station was opened in Kelechek, a densely populated new settlement in the Sverdlovsk district. Construction of the new police station, worth 2 million Kyrgyz soms, was made possible with the financial support of the U.S. Government through the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Kursan Asanov, said: “Police-public partnerships are extremely important, especially in Bishkek. The assistance provided by UNODC and the U.S. Government allows us to enhance our presence and engage more actively with the population in Sverdlovsk district. By working together, we can make our city more resilient to crime.”

All throughout this year, UNODC and INL partnered with civil society to implement a range of crime prevention initiatives in Bishkek. A group of around 30 youth inspectors and social workers increased their knowledge and skills on crime prevention using a new training manual. A pilot project focused on engagement of inhabitants with local authorities and police and installation of video cameras in and around an apartment block. Leaflets were distributed to raise public awareness on measures to prevent burglary and other crime. A radio show on crime prevention involving police officers and other subject matter experts reached over 15,000 listeners on a weekly basis.

Sandeep Paul, INL Director for Kyrgyzstan at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, noted: “Grassroots initiatives, such as these in Bishkek, not only increase trust and cooperation between the police and the populace, but also facilitate the allocation of local government funding for crime prevention.”

UNODC supports community policing and crime prevention efforts in Kyrgyzstan with the financial support of the U.S. Government through the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) within the framework of the UNODC Program for Central Asia for 2015-2019.

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For additional information please contact Vasilina Brazhko (Ms.),

Communication Officer, UNODC ROCA

Tel.: +996 312 32173, сот. +996 775 98 78 17, email:

vasilina.brazhko@un.org