Senior ranking officers from the Maldives Police Service (MPS) took part in a six-day inaugural seminar on community-oriented policing for countering violent extremism, via a virtual platform. Over the course of the training, participants were introduced to the drivers and conceptual framework of violent extremism, the specific challenges of institutionalizing and implementing community-orientated policing reforms for countering violent extremism, and heard from international policing experts on the ways in which a community-oriented approach to policing can be effective against the threat of violent extremism. The culmination of the training was the presentation of the capstone exercise held during a final session on the following week. The capstone presentations had groups examine and describe one component of a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threat) matrix. This capstone activity was designed to encourage participants to think critically about the ways in which their policing service can capitalize on existing strengths and further improve their outreach and engagement with the community. The content of this virtual training was structured to support the MPS in realizing the goals outlined in their Strategic Plan 2019-2024, a key component of which is the examination of police academy training and promoting a greater emphasis on community-oriented practices.
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