Within the frames of the ongoing criminal police reform at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 40 community officers have started working in Didube-Chugureti district.
Until now, community officers have been working only in Vake-Saburtalo and Old Tbilisi districts throughout Tbilisi.
The community officer is a model of community-oriented policing which is widely approbated tool in crime prevention worldwide. Community officer is responsible for addressing important issues and challenges related to juveniles, domestic violence, neighborhood disputes, illegal migration, and problems related to vulnerable groups. Its functions and responsibilities also include: planning and implementation of crime prevention activities; Proceedings of administrative violations; Responding to the witnessed crime and etc.
The officers were selected through a competition. The winners of the competition underwent several months of intensive professional training at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The institute of community officer will be first introduced in all districts of the capital, and later, throughout Georgia.