For the consultation phase of the community policing project, Pieter Cronje, British Council consultant, facilitated a series of one-day training of facilitators on community policing consultations. The training sessions aimed at assisting community policing facilitators to plan, organise and facilitate the consultation sessions in their respective communities. He demonstrated the use of a standardised questionnaire to capture and document community responses that reflect the needs and expectations of the community and the police on the project.
Representatives from the Philippine National Police Regional Office and the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC ARMM Training Center) attended the first leg of the training, conducted on 4 and 5 August 2015 in Cotabato City. A total of 26 participants from the Philippine National Police – Police Regional Office of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PNP PRO ARMM) and 10 trainers from Philippine Public Safety College of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PPSC ARMM) took part in the training.
On 8 August, 19 trainers from Philippine Public Safety College (Regional Training Center Region 9), the third batch of five, underwent a similar training workshop.
A total of 32 representatives from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front representing distinct camps all over the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), as well as some areas outside of the region, joined the session on 11 August in Cotabato City.
The last leg of the training, conducted on 13 August in Davao City, included 26 representatives from Security Reform Initiatives’ partner organisations that are part of its Bantay Bayanihan network in the ARMM/Mindanao.