The police in post-conflict societies has often been weakened in its role as guarantor of law and order. In many countries the police and/or military have been the main perpetrators of violence, either serving as tools for a certain power regime or simply for personal gain. The population therefore frequently harbour an inherent distrust towards official security providers.
In order to improve safety, Danish Demining Group (DDG) works to strengthen relationships between the police and communities through advocacy activities and establishment of community-police dialogue mechanisms. By facilitating a regular forum for dialogue between community members and security providers, these mechanisms have been highly successful in improving communication and cooperation between the groups, thereby mitigating the risk of conflict.
Additional work with security providers – military as well as police – includes provision of training in risk education, small arms management, firearms safety and conflict management.