OSCE Mission trains Kosovo Police women officers on operational command duties
The OSCE Mission and the Association of Kosovo Police Women organized a five-day training course on operational commanders’ duties for senior female police officers. The training course, attended by 14 officers, including lieutenants and sergeants – heads of different units within the Kosovo Police - was held from 13 to 17 March 2017 at the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety (KAPS) in Vushtrri/Vučitrn.
This tailored course is being delivered to empower Kosovo police women by developing their skills and competencies for management and leadership positions, focusing on the duties and responsibilities of operational commanders.
“Operational commanders manage difficult situations and decide how an operation will be conducted, so it is important for these women to learn about every aspect of the job of an operational commander. The training was designed to equip them with the necessary skills for this position and managerial skills in general,” said Shpresa Muharremi of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo.
“Supporting career development of women in the security sector is crucial for a well-structured law enforcement organizational structure,” she added.
Participants examined the principles of decision-making models for operational commanders; strategic, operational and tactical command decisions; how to deal with media and how to build and maintain trust and confidence within local communities. They also learned how to draft operational plans for different critical incidents and participated in scenario-based exercises.
The training is the second module of a Mission-organized three-phase training course. Its participants were selected from a larger group who attended the first module on management and leadership skills in 2016. They will be further supported through on-job exchanges with police women in regional and international public safety institutions.
The OSCE Mission in Kosovo is mandated with the protection and promotion of human and community rights, as well as with democratization and public safety sector development. It regularly delivers advanced and specialized training courses for law enforcement agencies to further improve their capacities.