What we do

MYPOL’s work centres on helping the Myanmar Police Force:

  • Become more effective, efficient and accountable
  • Work to international policing standards
  • Respect human rights
  • Build public confidence and be trusted by communities. 

In addition, MYPOL contributes to overarching law and security issues in Myanmar by working with the Myanmar Parliament and supporting the MPF’s current efforts toward modernisation.

MYPOL supports efforts underway in the following areas

  • Improved Overall Institutional Capacity

    Improved Institutional Capacity

    A lot happens behind the scenes to make sure police can be effective and accountable. Our support to the MPF includes helping the police modernise their internal policies and accountability mechanisms. We work with them to improve standard operating procedures, guidelines and manuals, as well as an overall strategic vision for the agency.

  • Improved Human Resources

    Improved Human Resources

    Human resources are at the centre of any organisation; police agencies are no different. It affects morale, recruitment, training, staff development and the delegation of authority. That’s why improving human resources is crucial to the reform. 

    With this in mind, we support staff management built on a strong foundation of effective and positive human resources policies.

    During the five-year project, MYPOL key experts will give recommendations on  the whole HR process, from recruitment and training, to overall career development.

  • Three Areas of Policing

    Three Areas of Policing

    We contribute to more service-oriented policing with attention to human rights standards and gender awareness in three key areas:

    1. Community policing

    Community policing focuses on working in partnership with communities to solve problems of crime and social disorder. Together, police and communities find more effective and long-lasting solutions to increase public safety and the overall quality of life of the citizens.

    MYPOL supports building trusting partnerships and improved interactions between the police and communities through our community policing instructional courses offered by NI-CO.

    2. Criminal investigation

    Part of our work is to help the MPF improve the ways in which they investigate crimes. Forensic investigators, for example, locate, store and analyse evidence to solve crimes and identify criminal offenders, so MYPOL provides instructional courses on investigating a wide variety of crime scenes, from homicide to arson.

    During criminal investigations, cooperation with all stakeholders is crucial to solving the crime and prosecuting the perpetrators.

    3. Crowd management

    The police have an important role in ensuring the safety of people during public events. Crowd management is a set of techniques to maintain public order and keep people safe. At its best, crowd management fully respects people’s right to free speech and assembly. Through our implementing partner FIIAPP, MYPOL provides instructional courses to improve the Myanmar Police Force’s ability to manage – in line with best international practices – different types of crowds and events.

  • Rule of Law

    Rule of Law

    Better laws help lead to better policing. This means part of MYPOL’s work is to assist with creating a sound legal framework for police-related issues. We assist Myanmar’s institutions, including the Parliament, in reviewing laws that relate to police work and to help build better relationships between these institutions and the police.

  • Police & People

    Police & People

    A key part of police reform is building trust. And trust comes from the communities police serve.

    One of MYPOL’s goals is to help to build better relationships between the police and communities. Understanding each other’s roles is essential when building relationships that are more effective. To embark on this journey, we work to create improved communication between the police and civil society groups and media stakeholders.