Ceremony held at the ISF Institute
Under the patronage of Her Excellency the Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Mrs. Raya Hafar Al Hassan, and the attendance of the Director General of the Internal Security Forces, Major General Imad Osman, the Directorate General of the Internal Security Forces held a ceremony on Wednesday at the ISF Institute.
The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of Canada to Lebanon Emmanuelle Lamoureux, the Ambassador of South Korea Mr. Young-dae Kwon, the UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Celine Moyroud, the Representative of the UAE Embassy Hamdan Al Hashemi, the Representative of the Dutch Embassy in Lebanon Dr. Vida HAMD, the Director General of Local Departments and Councils the Member The Commission for the Development of Policing in Lebanon Ms. Faten Aboulhassan, the Representative of UNHCR Mrs. Mireille Gerard, a number of governors, deputies and mayors, the Commander of the Beirut Police Unit, Brigadier General Mohamed Al Ayoubi, the Commander of the ISF Institute, The regional gendarmerie Brigadier General Marwan Slaylati, in addition to a number of ISF officers and representatives of civil society associations.
The concert began with the Lebanese national anthem, and the Master of ceremonies the Municipal Police personnel Rumi Youssef gave a speech welcoming the attendees.
Speech of the Minister of Interior and Municipalities Mrs. Raya Hafar Al Hassan:
We know him as the "municipal police".
He is a beloved figure in our popular heritage, the Municipal Police is not armed with guns but with love.
He does not raid, does arrest, nor does he put shackles, but he does his duty with the power of the good word.
The municipal police are there to protect the citizens and serve them, and to send the citizen's voice to the institutions. This is its message, and this is its goal.
Its style builds a relationship of trust with the citizen. Efforts have been focused for years on the development of municipal police work. What we are celebrating today the launch of a strategic framework for the development of the municipal police in Lebanon to enhance the culture of community security in Lebanon.
I would like to thank the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for their support of the framework set up by the Ministry of the Interior and Municipalities in 2016, as well as the friendly Governments of Canada and the Netherlands, which provided funding for the project.
This new vision of the municipal police in Lebanon constitutes an extension and institutionalization of its spontaneous role, and builds on this role it has known. This strategic framework allows the municipal police to be enabled and to help them serve the community and respond to the needs of its members, especially the most vulnerable.
The General Directorate of Internal Security, led by Major General Imad Osman, was the godfather of the project.
The Speech of General Ahmed Hajjar:
I welcome you at the ISF Institute.
Recently, the ISF had the honor of embracing municipal police as a key component of the national security system.
The municipal police is based on local communities and on daily contact with residents within their geographical scope. They can respond quickly to any event and thus plays an important role in enhancing security and safety in Lebanese cities and villages, thus contributing to the role and functions of the internal security forces throughout Lebanon.
What has been achieved so far is the beginning of the road.
The Committee's success in its work is due to the fruitful cooperation between the Internal Security Forces and the General Directorate of Local Administrations and Councils, and the continued and strong support of the United Nations Development Program in Lebanon (UNDP), which has been credited with securing the necessary funding for the project and communicating with municipalities in different regions of Lebanon to engage in the project, and to provide all possible support.
The Speech of the Canadian Ambassador
First of all, I would like to express my thanks to:
Her Excellency Minister Raya El Hassan;
Major General Imad Osman;
Heads of several municipalities;
And the United Nations Development Program;
We are pleased to work with the Netherlands on this project and look forward to working with the UK and other partners.
This project is vital. For the first time, municipalities have a regulatory framework for better policing and management of police services and better accountability for both local authorities and the population. This reform responds to the needs of the municipalities and demands that their police serve the population and protect them better.
We also commend the ISF Institute for its contribution to the efforts of the transformation of the municipal police through the opening of the Institute and the provision of training. We also commend the development and adoption of a human rights training curriculum. For in order for the police to be effective, they must have the confidence of the local communities.
In this context, we would like to express our admiration for the steps taken to transform municipal police into a service provider with an individual-centered culture. Municipal police are at the forefront of community engagement. You are the front of security and justice. We congratulate you for taking this role and for your efforts to improve your implementation of this vital function.
The speech of D. Vida Hamad Daou, Policy Advisor of the Dutch Embassy
I am pleased to join you today on behalf of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to launch what we consider to be the mainstay of responding to the basic security needs of the community.
Some families have become below the poverty line. There has been a need to re-strengthen the traditional mechanisms available to the central authorities to cope with these difficulties, and local authorities have found themselves at the forefront of response efforts.
In this context, the security forces, the municipalities, the governors, their partners and the relevant ministries have made tremendous efforts to rise to the challenge.
The municipal police in their provision of community security reconcile the focus on the state and focus on individuals. Cooperation is also promoted among several actors, and municipal police are therefore working on the pillars of human security supported by the Netherlands with a view to improving the effectiveness of the provision, management and supervision of security, and improving accountability within the rule of law and respect for human rights.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I note a conceptual shift in security in its traditional sense towards a meaning that is slowly moving away from the concept of human security. In fact, the launch of the strategic framework for the development of municipal police today is a positive indication that some institutions are ready to move towards a role capable of activating the foundations of human security.
I wish all the best to the municipal police. What we are striving for and working for is the stability of Lebanon.
In this context, Major Roni Al-Hashem, Head of the Training Department and Secretary of the Municipal Police Development Committee, gave a detailed explanation of the Commission's achievements in developing the municipal police work in Lebanon, in particular the development of a code of conduct and a model municipal system for the municipalities, in addition to standardizing the municipal police uniform in Lebanon and training courses for municipal police at the ISF Institute in Aaramoun.
In conclusion, Minister Mrs. Raya Al Hassan and Major General Imad Osman and a number of the audience toured the sections of the Institute and the training village.