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Manual on child crimes under review

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The Police Academy of Cambodia and several NGOs are reviewing the Child Friendly Police Procedure Manual and will also develop a handbook to teach police how to deal with juvenile crimes.


The inaugural meeting of a working group tasked with reviewing the manual was held at the academy in Kandal province yesterday.

Lieutenant General Khoem Sovannavuth, vice chairman of the National Council for Trainers Development of PAC, yesterday said at the meeting that the manual was officially launched in July last year to train all levels of police officers across the Kingdom.

He noted that the manual needs to be upgraded to deal with present day crimes.

“After training, we found that some provisions do not properly deal with current situations,” he said, “That is why the PAC and NGOs are reviewing the manual to add new provisions.”

The PAC is working with Plan International Cambodia, Child Rights Coalition Cambodia, Legal Aid of Cambodia and Cambodian Children Against Starvation and Violence to do the review.

Son Penh, CRC Cambodia executive director, said yesterday that the current manual lacks provisions to deal with online and high technology crimes.

“When children are involved in online crimes, the police have to understand the proper procedures to arrest, question and detain them,” he said. “We will add more information about these crimes in the manual in order to make it more comprehensive.”

He added that because the manual reads like a textbook and does not teach how to deal with juvenile crimes, the group will develop a teaching handbook for police officers.

Mr Penh noted that after the review, PAC will add the manual to its curriculum.

Jan Jaap Kleinrensink, Plan International Cambodia country director, said yesterday that improving the manual and putting out a handbook will assist Cambodian police officials to provide better service.

“A practical manual and handy teaching guide does not only allow effective handling of child-engaged crimes, but also enables Cambodian police officials to essentially contribute to the commitment of the government to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,” he said.

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