Support to Police Reform in the Republic of Moldova

Status: Active
Duration: 2014 – 2019
Budget: 3,590,739 USD
Coverage: Republic of Moldova
Beneficiaries: General public, line police officers, police staff, crime scene investigators, forensic experts
Focus Area: Effective Governance
Partners: Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Police Inspectorate, Forensic Centre of Police, Centre of Forensic Medicine, Joint Law Enforcement Training Centre  
Project Document: Support to Police Reform in the Republic of Moldova

Project Summary:

The reform of Police became one of the major goals of the Moldovan Government which pursues to increase the efficiency of Police and the level of the population`s trust in Police. The Police Development Strategy 2016-2020 aims at establishing a Police force serving the interests of citizens and community. This document sets the reform direction the Police should follow during the upcoming years with a focus on modernization of Police operation, increasing efficiency, accountability and transparency, strengthening the crime response capacities and mainstreaming the respect for human rights in Police activity.

Thus, overall objective of the project is to assist the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and the General Police Inspectorate (GPI) in developing an accountable, efficient, representative, transparent and professional police force, closer to the best international practices. The project seeks to further strengthen the institutional and professional capacities of MIA and GPI units and provide technical assistance in specific areas of intervention. The activities and results of the project are designed to help MIA and GPI to fulfil the internal modernization efforts and strategic objectives in line with international best practices including mainstreaming and promotion of human rights and gender responsiveness.

Objectives:

  • Strengthening the Police capacities in crime scene management, evidence collection and primary crime response;
  • Supporting the implementation of community policing concept in the Republic of Moldova;
  • Strengthening capacities of the General Police Inspectorate and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to comprehensively implement the police reform agenda.

Expected results:

  • Improved technical capacities of forensic experts and crime scene investigators from 15 police units to identify, document, secure, collect and examine evidence;
  • Forensic laboratories of Police are accredited and comply with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 standard;
  • Two pilot police stations remodeled and operational in line with the community policing principles;
  • Police stakeholders better informed about and understand the community policing philosophy;
  • Improved capacities (knowledge, skills and tools) of GPI and MIA to implement the Police reform;
  • Strengthened Police crime response and tactical capacities.

Accomplishments:

  • 15 police units endowed with crime scene vehicles equipped with relevant crime scene investigation kits and tools for a better crime response and investigation;
  • Police Forensic Centre is accredited in line with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard, proving compliance with standard’s requirements in six areas of forensic expertise: ballistics, impressions, fingerprints, handwriting, forensic document examination and digital forensics;
  • Two multipurpose rooms at the Forensic Center`s headquarter with a total capacity of up to 160 persons upgraded to display an inviting environment with functionalities for various events, including but not limiting to training activities, conferences, project launches, press conferences, internal and external meetings at different levels, etc;
  • Two pilot police stations from Chisinau and Singerei, redesigned and operationalized in line with the community policing principles, foster a better police-community engagement;
  • Assessment report on community based policing in Moldova produced and shared with relevant national stakeholders;
  • 20 police staff members (including management and operational staff) benefited from introductory training on community policing principles and activity;
  • 20 police officers (4 women, 16 men) from Balti and Cahul have successfully passed the induction police bike patrol training, based on the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) course syllabus;
  • Six consultants engaged to deevelop capacities and provide strategic advice and assistance to the Police, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Joint Law Enforcement Training Centre in priority areas: communication, forensics, community policing, modernization of police human resources system, ocuppational standards, institutional development and reorganization;
  • New concept on recruitment and evaluation of internal affairs staff, developed with Project’s support and enacted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs;
  • 14 law enforcement professionals (3 women, 11 men) from the Joint Law Enforcement Training Centre, Ministry of Internal Affairs and General Police Inspectorate trained and qualified as trainers by the Romanian National Qualifications Authority;  
  • Two conference rooms within the General Police Inspectorate premises upgraded and endowed with furniture and IT/multimedia equipment, fostering an improved Police-public interaction;
  • 27 first response vehicles delivered to strengthen the Police’s crime response capacities;
  • Assesment on the opportunity of body camera (video recorder) use by the Moldovan Police forces conducted ans shared with Police for further consideration and action.
Years Budget Delivery
U.S. Government UNDP General Police Inspectorate of the RM
2014 404,346 USD     404,346 USD
2015 868,352 USD 9,229 USD
  877,581 USD
2016 639,855 USD 20,676 USD   660,531 USD
2017 582,407 USD     411,115 USD
2018 658,029 USD 10.000 USD 515,392 USD 1,041,961 USD
2019 195,205 USD      

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