Palestine: EU allows police to provide better services to Palestinians
The European Union will provide €6 million for the construction of eight Community Police Stations for the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) within the framework of its support to the sectors of security and the rule of law. This week, the cornerstone for one of the stations was laid in the West Bank village of Sa’eer.
The project provides support for the Palestinian Authority to build democratic institutions in the security sector and to help the PCP improve its services while respecting human rights. The standardized Community Police Stations will allow the police to have a stronger presence within its communities and the necessary infrastructure and logistical requirements for routine, citizen-oriented, professional police work in its areas of responsibility.
EU Representative Mr John Gatt-Rutter told the launch ceremony: "The rule of law is essential to any democratic, stable and prosperous state. As part of its wider commitment to building the institutions of a future Palestinian state, the EU has therefore consistently supported reform designed to strengthen the rule of law".
He added the construction of the eight police community centres marked a new step in efforts to bring policing closer to people: “Projects such as this are not just about bricks and mortar but rather about the positive impact they can have on the day to day lives of Palestinians." (EU Neighbourhood Info)