Police conduct code to build community confidence in Bahrain
- By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
Other moves by the interior ministry include establishing an internal affairs department responsible for disciplinary reviews as well as overseeing the new police code of conduct.
However, the newly created position for an independent Ombudsman for policing will be entirely independent from the ministry and will have the responsibility of conducting investigations into allegations made against the police and other issues that relate to public confidence in policing.
"The ministry is completely aware that its objective is to achieve security for the State and its citizens within the framework of the law," Shaikh Rashid said. "This mission reflects a tradition that stems from society and is in the interests of society. Enforcing the law must be based on the values of justice, equity, integrity and commitment to the standards of human rights."
The new moves by as the government are seen as a step forward in satisfying the BICI recommendations, officials said.
The government has already initiated prosecutions of around 50 officers accused of mistreatment of protestors during last year's unrest in Bahrain and has initiated a new training programme for all officers and members of the security forces.
International police experts John Timoney and John Yates have been recruited to advise on best practice on policing in Bahrain.