Capacity Building Support to the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL)

About the PNTL Project

Since March 2011, the Policia National de Timor-Leste (PNTL) have been in complete charge of the country’s law enforcement and public security- the first time since they were formed in 2002. While the national police force has made significant progress, the PNTL High Command has identified key areas that need to be strengthened. 

In 2013 the United Nations Development Programme and PNTL started a two-year capacity building project in mutually agreed to priority areas, and in consultation with other major partners including the Timor Leste Police Development Programme (TLPDP)/Australian Federal Police, Timor Leste Community Policing Programme (TLCPP)/New Zealand Police, JICA and the Asia Foundation.

The project builds on the work of the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) and aims to improve governance by strengthening the management and administrative capacity of officers within PNTL Headquarters.

This support will enable the PNTL High Command to directly implement and monitor their five year Strategic Action Plan (2014-2018) and translate this plan into workable annual plans for all PNTL units and districts.

Project Goals

  • Support the PNTL in standardizing its systems and processes
  • Provide mentoring and advice to the PNTL High Command to support administrative activities
  • Support gender mainstreaming in all PNTL processes as well as the development of a human resources strategy designed to attract women to policing.
  • Strengthen the communication channels between the PNTL and prosecutors.


Donors Budget
Australian Federal Police $1,383,417.64
Japanese Government    $985,187.54
BCPR    $500,000.00
BCPR-Netherland    $250,000.00
RBAP    $500,000.00
TRAC1    $100,000.00
Total Budget $3,718,605.18
In-Kind Contribution PNTL     $ 10,000.00
Project Overview
2013 - 2015
National Police of Timor-Leste
Project Officer