NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs is working to increase citizen involvement in protecting public order. The effort includes creating a volunteer law enforcement movement and optimising search measures and help for local police inspectors to prevent crime, reported its press service.
Police plan to increase the number of special volunteer legal groups for joint patrols and to look for missing people in all regions. Officers will equip volunteers with special vests and walkie-talkies.
The ministry is hoping to engage university students and youth organisation members, who responded positively in organising the 28th Winter Universiade 2017 (3,000 individuals) and EXPO 2017 (1,500).
The ministry expects the initiative will increase efficiency to ensure population security, strengthen a sense of social duty and improve legal literacy.
In preparation for international events, volunteers were trained on ways to aid and guide visitors and briefed on how to react and respond to unexpected situations and unlawful actions. The efforts of police and volunteers eliminated serious offenses and crimes.
In many regions, volunteers are involved in the hunt for missing children and the elderly, uncovering resonant crimes and assisting with incidents. In September, for example, police found an abducted child with help from local volunteers in the Shetski district of the Karaganda Region. Police and volunteers have located more than 20 people, including children and adolescents, in the several months of the joint project.
Volunteers have also contributed to the fight against drug trafficking by helping to fill in the lists of inscriptions the names of drug sites.