Colonel Wafaa Muammar is the highest ranking female Police Officer within the Palestinian Civil Police and Head of the Family Protection and Juvenile Unit in the West Bank. Here she describes one of the remarkable developments, the Palestinian Civil Police has undergone:
“Ten years ago, when I was working as Police Officer in Bethlehem, one of the female police advisers from EUPOL COPPS came to speak with us. She listened to us and supported our request for the development of a specialized unit within the police, which could deal with domestic violence. The trial was successful and other Police Districts replicated our work. Today, there are more than 100 trained Police Officers working all around the West Bank and dealing with over 3,500 cases annually. All this was possible due to the support received from EUPOL COPPS, from the beginning and until today”.
EUPOL COPPS is the European Union Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support. The aim of the Mission is to contribute to the establishment of sustainable and effective policing arrangements and to advise Palestinian counterparts on criminal justice and rule of law related aspects under Palestinian ownership.