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Philippines: police trainers review application of humanitarian principles and IHL

01-12-2006 News Release

A three-week training of professional police trainers on international humanitarian law (IHL) ended today at the headquarters campus of the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) in Fort Bonifacio.

 The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Manila  

" Although the final aim of this course covers many routine areas of law enforcement, such as the prevention and detection of crime, the use of force and firearms, maintenance of public order, arrest and detention, the 15 trainers in attendance have the broader responsibility of sharing messages concerning conflict-related situations, humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law to a wider police training audience, " said Svend Dissing, ICRC regional delegate to police and security forces.

A former police trainer himself, Dissing facilitated discussions concerning the general protection to which civilians and fighters'hors de combat'are entitled during situations of non-international armed conflict, as well as the specific vulnerability of women, children and refugees. The course is of particular significance given the specific roles entrusted to the police in the local context, alongside other armed and security forces and civilian volunteer organizations.

The ICRC developed its " To Serve and Protect " training programme for police audiences in 1998, and it has continued to evolve with the development of different multi-media teaching aids. During the Fort Bonifacio training, each of the participants was equipped by the PPSC with a personal computer, enabling a week-long period of self-study based on the interactive ICRC-developed DVD, in order to prepare the lesson plans on different policing subjects which were presented in the course's third and final phase.

The PPSC event is the second course organized for police trainers by the ICRC in 2006. An earlier June class took place at the Philippine National Police's Camp Crame Headquarters. A follow-up event is planned for early 2007 in Davao City, targeting instructors attached to the PPSC's Regional Training Schools in the Visayas and Mindanao.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Michael Rudiak, ICRC Manila, tel. +63 (0) 2 892 8901 / +63 (0) 918 907 2125