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 three 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
  • Established victim support centres in Dhaka and Rangamati, which have provided services to 1,661 women and children since October 2009.
  • Facilitated access to better police services for over 7.57 million people through six fully constructed Model Thanas and 18 service delivery centres which are nearing completion.
  • Strengthened 2,330 community policing forums.
  • Trained over 21,000 police personnel, NGO and community members, including over 16% of all investigating officers.
  • Assisted the Bangladesh Police with doubling the number of women police from 1.8% to 4.53% of all officers.
  • Supported the revising of the draft Police Ordinance 2007 and the publishing of the Bangladesh Police Strategic Plan 2012-2014.
  • Successfully advocated for the establishment of new information and communication technology management structure in the police headquarters and police telecom and information management.

Who finances it?

Donor Amount
Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID)
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
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
30 September 2014
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
Hendrik Gideon van Zyl
Project Documents
Project Documents