Strengthening police discipline

Apr 13, 2011

Dili – One hundred and sixty police officers from the justice department of the National Police Force (PNTL) are being trained to handle disciplinary and misconduct issues.

When they complete the courses, which started today, they will serve as discipline leaders.

“The officers in PNTL’s justice section welcome this training and the opportunity it provides to increase the responsiveness of Timor-Leste’s police force to these important issues,” Carlos Almeida Sousa Jeronimo, PNTL Commander and head of the Police Academy, said at the opening of the training.

The training is designed to increase awareness of Timor-Leste’s decree law governing police conduct and discipline and to teach officers how to strengthen human rights principles.

PNTL General Commander, Longuinhos Monteiro, underlined PNTL’s commitment to strengthening discipline within the force.

“The PNTL has a strong disciplinary mechanism in place. Trainings such as these are essential to increase awareness among all officers of their responsibilities and accountability,” he said at the opening ceremony.
“Discipline is a key pillar of police credibility,” said the UNPOL Commissioner Luis Carrilho.

“That’s why both the PNTL and UNPOL consider this training as a high priority,” he said.

“A police force that takes proper action to address disciplinary breaches will gain trust and credibility in the community,” said Alissar Chaker, UNDP Assistant Country Director and Head of Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit

The training will run until 31 December 2011.

It is supported by UNDP, the United Nations Police (UNPOL) and the Government of Norway.