Project Title


Public Safety and Justice Program (PS&JP)

Donor


Kingdom of Netherlands

Duration


July 2012 to June 2015

Geographical Coverage


7 districts of Malakand division; Swat, Malakand, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Shangla, Buner, Chitral and Bajaur Agency.

Description


The Public Safety & Justice Program (PS&JP) is a unique concept that holistically caters to the requirements of local community with regards to public safety, alternate dispute resolution and rehabilitation of soft detained miscreants. The program aims at making the relevant local service providers responsive to communal concerns by strengthening existing legal structures and systems. With support of Kingdom of Netherlands, the program has been implemented by the Devolution Trust of Community Empowerment (DTCE) with great zeal and success in one tehsil each of the seven districts of Malakand division comprising of Swat, Buner, Chitral, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Malakand and Shangla.

The public safety component is designed to introduce the concept and ideology of community policing by empowering the local citizenry through participatory activities and creating reciprocally supportive formal linkages with the police. The ADR component is instrumental in channeling issues through existing mechanisms for individual or communal grievances. In addition, the component facilitates the consolidation of role of the criminal justice system covering its full spectrum. Under the rehabilitation of soft detained miscreants, the program provides technical and institutional support to the law enforcement agencies in de-radicalization of negative views and religious perceptions, vocational skill developments and basic livelihood schemes. The design of this component is to ensure that the inmates are provided an opportunity to become part of the progressive civil society and refrain from reverting back to radical/militancy view point.

The program envisions modifying positive behavior change through creating mutually beneficial environment and partnerships between the community and concerned service providers. This is supported by formal incentives mechanisms in terms of technical institutional support based on positive public perception. Overall the program works as a stimulus for individual and institutional professional responsiveness towards its citizens by prioritizing community concerns.

Objectives


The primary objective of this intervention is to engage and empower the community by providing a formal platform to raise public safety issues and disputes for immediate resolution. The specific objectives of the project components are summarized as follows:


To create an environment where community perceptions about the effectiveness of the local police department will enhance police performance
To provide basic and quick resolution at union and village level by formally addressing small disputes and claims
To assist in the rehabilitation of detainees into the society through capacity building and their reintegration through livelihood support

Key Results



Police Station Monitoring System (PSMS) was established in 34 police stations and 7 DPO/DCO offices;
22,730 participants with 5168 female attended 749 Khullie Kacheries (Open Public Gatherings);
Community monitoring of police performance implemented in 7 districts by establishing linkages between Police with 92 Union Public Safety Committees (UPSCs) and 460 VNCs. In additions 92 Coordination & Support Committees (C&SCs) and 92 Insaaf Committees (IC) were formed for channeling communal service delivery complaints and personal disputes;
7 Police Consultative Workshops organized;
7 Community Empowerment Desks (CEDs) established at District Bar Associations (DBAs) and 28 Community Empowerment Round Table (CERT) were organized;
14 Press forums were conducted with District Press Clubs (DPCs);
1188 issues were raised in 749 Khullie Kacheries (KKs) and 968 issues were resolved;
117 detainees were rehabilitated at Naway Sahar De-radicalization Center (NSDC) Bajaur and provided livelihood projects.
Last updated: 19.11.2013
 

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