Community Policing

As Timor-Leste heads into 2017 elections, efforts to prevent crime through community policing are increasingly critical. 

Timor-Leste’s National Police Prioritize Crime Prevention through Community Policing for 2017 Elections

July 13, 2016

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Timor-Leste, the half-island nation nestled between Indonesia and Australia, is preparing for presidential and parliamentary elections in 2017, the fourth round of elections since the brutal withdrawal by Indonesian occupation forces in 1999. Today, Timor-Leste is widely considered a stable and peaceful country. But most who know the country well a… Read more

A community police officer from Becora station walks through town talking to school students. In 2015, three out of four victims of crimes ended up at the police for assistance. Photo/Conor Ashleigh 

Reforming Security in Timor-Leste: Can a Plural Justice System Work?

April 13, 2016

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Three and a half years after the withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping mission from Timor-Leste, The Asia Foundation’s new survey on community police perceptions finds that Timorese people are optimistic about the security situation in their country, feelings of insecurity are at their lowest levels in a decade, and there is greater trust in the police… Read more

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Five Things that Make Community Policing Work

October 21, 2015

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Last week, the director of Sri Lanka’s National Police Academy joined a delegation from The Asia Foundation’s Community Policing Program in Timor-Leste for a National Forum on Community Policing to discuss community policing approaches…

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As Aid Landscape Shifts, Security and Justice Programs Remain Critical in Timor-Leste

February 11, 2015

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In October, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jose Ramos-Horta, former president of Timor-Leste, Nobel Peace laureate, and former head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Guinea Bissau…

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A New Face of Policing in Timor-Leste

April 23, 2014

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On March 27, the national police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) celebrated their 14th anniversary with full pomp and circumstance. For 24 years until 1999, the police in Timor were under the command of the Indonesia military. Now, it seems that memories of countrywide conflict and instability in this small tropical nation are receding.

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Expanding the Global Anti-Trafficking ‘Tool Box’

November 7, 2012

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In President Obama’s speech at the Clinton Global Initiative this year, he called on all Americans and the world to take a broader, more comprehensive view of combating human trafficking of all kinds. He outlined how the U.S. is strengthening law enforcement through improved training…

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Bicycle Patrols Rebuild Trust Between Sri Lanka’s Police and Communities

July 25, 2012

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Still recovering from the effects of a 26-year civil war that ended in 2009, Sri Lanka is now seeing hopeful signs that one of its deepest wounds – the relationship between the police and the community – is improving. During the war, police were often preoccupied with counter-insurgency and national security.