At the end of the first year of the project, “Support to the Reform of Community Policing and Community and Crowd Management”, the team had a welcome visit by Chief Constable Colette Paul (Bedfordshire) the ACPO lead for international affairs worldwide who paid a visit to Myanmar during the week of 3rd to 7th November 2014. The purpose of her visit was to meet with UK serving and retired officers currently working on the EU Project, “Support to Reform of the Myanmar Police Force in the areas of Community Policing and Crowd Management”. The ACPO lead also had the opportunity to meet with the MPF trainers in Community Policing and discuss how the Community Policing Component was developing. The trainers were very forthright in their answers explaining how they had changed as individuals and how MPF in time would change with new style of systematic training.
The Chief Constable also visited the first pilot area of Mingalar Taung Nyunt where she met with the Township Commander, Township officer and various officer and NCO ranks. Here she got a real sense for how the police were changing in a very positive and progressive way. This was followed by a visit to three Wards within the Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township. Again, the community were very positive that the police were changing in a good way. One, who attended the training on problem solving and partnership, even recited the SARA problem solving model. This again was very encouraging and demonstrated the communities understanding and commitment to working together with the police.
Reported by David Hamilton.