OSCE trains police crisis negotiators in Kazakhstan


KARAGANDA, Kazakhstan -- Thirty Kazakh police officers attended a Monday-Friday (April 15-19) workshop in Karaganda on strengthening the capacity of police crisis negotiators, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said in a statement April 19.

The OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan, the Interior Ministry (MVD) and the MVD Academy in Karaganda organised the training.

The 30 officers came from the Karaganda local police department, the MVD Academy in Karaganda and other locations throughout Kazakhstan. They reviewed case studies to learn about "innovative communicative tools" used in past negotiations and studied past crises that negotiators solved.

The instructors were also Kazakh. They came from the Academy of the National Security Committee (KNB) and the Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies under the General Prosecutor's Office. The instructors taught "best practices on managing large crowds, non-verbal communication tools and understanding human behaviour", said the OSCE.

The training is part of the OSCE's effort to enhance security.

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