Support to Police Reform in the Republic of Moldova

Status: Active
Duration: 2014 – 2019
Budget: 3,589,914 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
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, the overall objective of the Support to Police Reform Project is to strengthen and assist the comprehensive efforts the national stakeholders are undertaking to reform the Police forces in the Republic of Moldova. The project seeks to further reinforce institutional and professional capacities of Police units and provide technical assistance in specific areas of intervention.


  • Enhancing capacities of the General Police Inspectorate staff in crime scene management, evidence collection and primary crime response;
  • Strengthening linkages between the police and community in the framework of the overall police reform;
  • Strengthening capacities of the General Police Inspectorate to comprehensively implement and report/communicate on 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 ready to apply for the accreditation in line with ISO 17025 standard, technical and capacity building support provided;
  • Two pilot police stations remodeled 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 Police to implement, report and communicate on Police reform.


  • 15 police units (at national, regional and local levels) endowed with crime scene vehicles equipped with relevant crime scene investigation kits and tools for a better crime response and investigation;
  • 14 crime scene investigators trained in using modern crime scene investigation tools and techniques (e.g., use of advanced forensic lights, application of cyanoacrylate fuming to develop latent finger prints);
  • 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;
  • One pilot police station remodeled in line with the community policing principles;
  • 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;
  • Five consultants engaged to build capacities and provide strategic advice and assistance to the Police and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in priority areas: communication, forensics, community policing, strategic development, modernization of police human resources system;
  • 82 Police staff members (29 women, 53 men) from various subdivisions (including Forensic Center, Communication Unit, Public Order Department) benefited from first hand expertise and knowledge sharing ;
  • Two conference rooms within the General Police Inspectorate premises upgraded and endowed with furniture and IT/multimedia equipment;
  • Increased Police-public interaction through various public events (press-conferences, working meetings) held in the upgraded rooms.
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  
2019 52,920 USD      

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