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Developing Community Safety

Creating a dialogue between executive institutions, security forces and citizens helps improve the accountability of those forces, and their legitimacy in the eyes of their population. It also improves the security providers’ understanding of their role and obligations towards citizens’ human rights, and helps them become more gender sensitive. DCAF works with the local governments security providers and civil society to map local security concerns, establish local community safety councils, and formulate and implement strategies for addressing insecurity.

Key activities

  • DCAF has supported the establishment of Community Safety Councils in Hebron and Jenin. Since their establishment, these councils have held many community safety meetings attended by representatives from executive institutions, governors’ offices, officers from the security forces, civil society members, journalists and tribal and religious leaders.
  • DCAF helped establish community safety steering committees in the governorates of Jenin and Hebron with the task of designing and implementing local crime prevention and community safety strategies.
  • DCAF trained community safety partners from Hebron and Jenin on the principles of the rule of law and community safety.
  • DCAF assisted the implementation of comprehensive communication strategies for the councils with community-based media outlets, to keep citizens informed of their work.
  • In Hebron and Jenin, DCAF assisted the local Community Safety Councils in conducting a community safety assessment. Based on the findings and with DCAF’s support, the Community Safety Councils are developing practical measures for preventing and combatting crime and holding security officials accountable.

Partners

  • SHAMS (the Human Rights and Democracy Media Center)
  • Office of the President, and other executive institutions
  • Governor's Offices
  • Palestinian security forces (at governorate level)
  • PLC members, political parties
  • media, academia, civil society

KEY RESULT

  • Community Safety Steering Committees were established in Hebron and Jenin, and meet regularly
  • Strategic community safety plans were developed and launched in Hebron and Jenin with key members from each community safety council.
  • The Office of the President instructed all governorates to guarantee the sustainability of Community Safety Steering Committees, and to respond to the recommendations of the assessment report.

NEXT STEPS

  • DCAF will help the committee to develop a community safety database local crime information in Hebron and Jenin.
  • DCAF is planning to respond to an official request from the Office of the President of the PA for DCAF to broaden its assistance to additional governorates. DCAF is also planning to respond to requests from the Governors of Bethlehem and Tulkarem to assist them in developing community safety plans.