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OSCE holds police workshop in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Security authorities in Kyrgyzstan participated in a conference Tuesday designed to strengthen security through better ties between police and citizens.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe conducted a workshop in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, as part of an initiative to support police in countering security threats through more engagement with local citizens, the OSCE reported.

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During the workshop senior and mid-level managers in the Kyrgyz police forces, among other top security authorities, discussed ways to strengthen partnerships with the community, enact police reforms and develop greater cooperation between security officials and citizens to advance security in the Central Asian region.

"Involvement of the community in crime prevention has become a priority for the Kyrgyz police, and Public (Crime) Prevention Centers have been created throughout the country," Almazbek Moldokmatov, chief of the community policing unit at Bishkek police headquarters, said in a statement.

"Our efforts in building partnerships between police and the public will continue during this year."

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