Police Reform Steering Working Group

The Police Reform Steering Working Group (hereinafter - SWG) is established in accordance with Article 2 “The MoU implementation mechanism” of the Memorandum of Understanding (hereinafter MoU) on Police Reform between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the OSCE.

In accordance with Annex 1 to the MoU, the SWG consists of the Steering Group (SG - political level), and of the Permanent Working Group (PWG).

The Steering Group includes: 

  • Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs
  • Head/Deputy Head of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan;
  • Representative of Executive Office of the President of Tajikistan;
  • Counter Terrorism and Police Adviser of the OSCe Office in Tajikistan;
  • Representative of the European Commission’s Office in Tajikistan;
  • National Coordinator;
  • In accordance with the MoU, on the proposal of the Head of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan (OiT) or donor states, the SWG has also included representatives of other international organizations and embassies: the embassies of the USA, Germany, France, Great Britain, Russian Federation and Kazakhstan.

The Permanent Working Group consists of: 

  • Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs;
  • Heads of key departments of the MIA;
  • Head of Politico-Military Department of the OSCE OiT;
  • Counter Terrorism and Police Adviser of the OSCE OiT;
  • Representatives of key donors;
  • National Coordinator.

The Minister of Internal Affairs performs the overall management of the SWG, the First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, who is personally responsible for implementation of the tasks imposed on the group, directly manages and oversees the activities of the SWG.

The first organizational meeting of the SWG was conducted on 26 September 2011, where the Provision of the Police Reform Steering Working Group (PRSWG) was approved.

In accordance with the Provision, the main objective of the SWG is to draft the Police Reform Strategy and Police Reform and Development Program, as well as to prepare suggestions and analytical materials for them.

Moreover, the SWG must coordinate the drafts of the Strategy and the "Program" with the ministries and agencies of the Republic of Tajikistan and to develop a legal regulatory act to follow internal procedures for their approval.

The SWG members are also involved in the preparation of analytical materials and proposals for other projects related to police reform and development issues in order to review them on the meetings by the SWG and PWG. They are also in charge of preparing the suggestions to create Working Sub-Groups (WSG) for effective activity of the PWG and for effective implementation of separate projects under the Police Reform and Development Program.