Police Manual Launched in Timor-Leste Today

4 Jul 2008

Police Manual Launched in Timor-Leste Today

Dili – 27 March 2008 - The head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) says today's launch of a textbook and handbook to be given to every national police officer will assist in creating a professional police force in Timor-Leste

Speaking at the eighth anniversary of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) in Dili today, Mr Atul Khare said the resources will be invaluable in developing the force's professional knowledge

The textbook and handbooks offer comprehensive and understandable definitions on all laws relevant to the PNTL. A total of 3,120 textbooks and 6000 handbooks have been printed in Tetum and both books provide practical and pragmatic information for officers working on the front-line.

"Developing a police service that is accountable to, and respected by, the people is a long-term commitment," Mr Khare said.

"The road ahead is long, but I am confident that we are on the right path to assist the PNTL in becoming an effective, efficient, accountable, responsive, and non-partisan police service, based on the rule of law and respect for and protection of human rights of all persons," Mr Khare said.

The resources have been produced by the Government of Timor-Leste as represented by the Prosecutor-General Dr. Longuinhos Monteiro, UNMIT Police officers, the UNDP, and the Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP). The financial assistance of Japan was critical in the preparation and printing of the resource materials

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