The PCRCs have demonstrated appreciation and willingness to work with law enforcement to protect and improve local quality of life. The PCRC in Apada boma spurred their neighbors to complete a police station, while in Mathiang, the PCRC is currently fabricating bricks for a station of their own.
"I thank the South Sudan National Police Service and UNDP for opening our eyes and showing us that it was our responsibility to make our neighborhoods secure,” said one participant, after a four-day training held by UNDP in Aweil in November 2020. “With the skills and knowledge acquired from the training, we are empowered to be more resourceful in our communities."
Here is how forming a new PCRC works:
- The SSNPS State Directorate of Community Policing takes the lead in establishing PCRCs, informed by local crime trends and other priorities.
- Communities are consulted, mobilized and sensitized on crime prevention, the concept and role of PCRCs, and are encouraged to undertake establishing a PCRC of their own.
- Community members who volunteer to serve on the committee are vetted by police and local authorities to ensure inclusivity and community-focused orientation.
- In collaboration with UNPOL and other partners, UNDP takes PCRC members through trainings and helps facilitate monthly meetings.
With the successes registered by PCRCs so far in Aweil Town, the SSNPS is now focused on expanding the PCRCs outwards to counties notably in Aweil North, Aweil South, and Aweil West.
UNDP’s Access to Justice, Security and Human Rights Strengthening programme works with the SSNPS to implement community policing initiatives, including comprehensive support to the network of PCRCs in hotspots across South Sudan. This work is made possible with funding from the Government of Japan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Learn more about UNDP's work improving access to justice and promoting rule of law in South Sudan.