In 2011, the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior decided to enforce initiatives to raise the professional standards of the Bulgarian police following a wave of allegations of abuse of force committed by police officers. One of those initiatives is to introduce practice-oriented courses at the Academy of the Ministry of Interior known to facilitate the acquisition of skills compliant with human rights. This change of pedagogy from the traditional classroom to scenarios, role plays, situations and problem-based learning involves an ambitious program that includes the revision of training manuals, the upgrading of trainer’s skills in the new pedagogy, and the construction of a modern infrastructure at the Academy allowing to design outdoor and indoor practical exercises and simulations.
Socially related security
The project contributes to the Bulgarian national authorities’ strategy to reach international and European standards in matters of rule of law and human rights. A “socially related security” implies that the police delivers public security services following high standards of excellence and complying with human rights.
OBJECTIVE OF THE SWISS SUPPORT
The overall objective of the project is to eliminate police abuse and improve police professional standards by a change of training paradigm informed by best practices in contemporary pedagogy and human rights-based policing approaches. The project pursues two interlinked special objectives, namely:
- Professional standards of police officers are raised through the acquisition of practical skills on policing and human rights during their training;
- Training capacities on human rights-based policing are upgraded through the modernization of the practical training infrastructure and IT-equipped facilities.
The main activities conducted successfully under the project have been the following:
- Conduct a training need assessment;
- Design, adopt and disseminate a new manual on police and human rights emphasizing the acquisition of human right practical skills;
- Conduct 2 train-the-trainer courses for 80 instructors of the Academy of the Ministry of Interior to use the new police and human rights manual;
- Conduct of 6 regional training sessions for 40 senior officers to disseminate the knowledge on human rights-based policing;
- Construct a new practice-oriented and simulation-based training infrastructure with IT support and technical equipment;
- Conduct 2 study visits to Switzerland for 16 people of the Academy of the Ministry of Interior to exchange with Swiss training institutions on situation-based practical training;
- Conduct 2 project cycle management training weeks for 30 senior managers of the Academy of the Ministry of Interior.
Academy of the Ministry of Interior
Ass. prof. Ivan Vidolov
1, “Alexander Malinov” blvd, Sofia
Phone: +359 29829213