Hassan launches municipal policing framework to up relevance and gender equality in Aramoun, May 29, 2019. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A new strategic framework aims to transform Lebanon's municipal police into a more "human centered" security entity, placing gender equality and communications skills at its core.Unlike the ISF, the municipal police are not a judicial entity, meaning they do not have the power to arrest.Of the eight pilot municipalities, Burj Hammoud and Zahle have introduced female officers over the last three years. A third of the 150 daily municipal police officers in Burj Hammoud are female, according to Georges Krekorian, a member of the Burj Hammoud municipal council. In addition to routine police work, Krekorian said female officers had proved to be better at "compassionately dealing with children and victims of domestic violence and dealing with women that have specific needs". Because of this, he said one of the biggest changes resulting from more female officers had been how the public viewed the police.
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