Police Reform Programme Phase II

What is the project about?

Police Reform Programme Phase II
Strength in numbers - The number of female police officers doubled in the past five years, enabling more accessible and comfortable service delivery for women. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

The Police Reform Programme (PRP) is a comprehensive capacity building initiative to improve human security in Bangladesh. PRP works to support the transition of the Bangladesh Police from a colonial style police force to a more effective and service-oriented police organisation. The programme develops the capacity of police officers through training, strengthens service delivery, advocates gender equality and sensitivity and supports better interaction with the community through model police stations and community policing forums.  The programme aims to build a safer, more secure and stable Bangladesh, where human rights of citizens, particularly the vulnerable and marginalized, are promoted and protected.

What have we accomplished so far?

Police Reform Programme Phase II
Counsel Confidential - Women who access victim support centres say it is much easier for them if the person hearing their case from across the table is also a woman. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

• The number of female police officers has doubled from 1.8 percent to 5.24 percent between 2009 and 2014.

• The country’s first Victim Support Centre at the Tejgaon Police Station, Dhaka, was established with PRP support in 2009. The victim support centre model of partnering with NGOs has provided an improved response to victims of gender-based violence. Recognizing the demand for victim support services, Bangladesh Police with UNDP support has extended the network of Centers to eight with one in each of the major cities and in the Chittagong Hills Tracts. Since 2009, these centers provided assistance to approx. 3500 women and children.

• PRP-supported the establishment of 52,000 Community Policing Forums (CPFs) countrywide building bridges between the police and community.

• Access to justice has been improved for all citizens, particularly disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, through the construction and refurbishment and ongoing PRP-support to 29 women and child-friendly police stations. 

• 7.6 million people are receiving improved services at 29 Model Thanas including six newly constructed ones handed over to the Bangladesh Police in 2012.

• The draft Police Ordinance 2007 has been revised and the first and second Bangladesh Police Strategic Plans published.

• PRP has successfully advocated for the establishment of a new information and communication technology management structure in the police headquarters and the police telecom and information management.

Who finances it?

Donor Amount
DFID $ 2,665,091
UNDP $ 480,000
DFID $ 545,219 
UNDP $ 3,187,553
$ 3,383,292                                                 
UNDP $ 1,486,442
DFID $ 3,105,590
UNDP $ 2,542,881
DFID $ 4,111,842
UNDP $ 2,004,882
DFID $ 5,208,333
UNDP $ 2,988,204
UNDP $ 586,068

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Year Amount
2014 $ 3,732,773
2013 $ 4,973,950
2012 $ 5,657,582
2011 $ 6,011,271
2010 $ 5,171,473
2009 $   149,212
Project Overview
Project start date
01 October 2009
Estimated end date
31 December 2015
Geographic coverage
Focus Area
Democratic Governance
Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women. Develop a Global Partnership for Development
Project Officer
Rustam Pulatov
UNDP Project Manager
Andries Redman
Project Documents
Project Documents