Ongoing professional development for traffic police is critical to updating skills and knowledge of best practice and emerging technology. In September, 150 traffic police from the Europe Caucasus Asia region took part in Train the Trainer (ToT) workshops to upskill in critical areas and to disseminate that training further in eight beneficiary countries—Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The workshops provided skills development for traffic police in evidence-based, outcome-focused and data-led policing for mid-level traffic police officers both at the national and field levels. The workshops covered managing road safety and the Safe System Approach; crash and infringement data; communication with road users and the media; working in partnership with civil society organizations and road safety stakeholders to strengthen enforcement; and strategies for disseminating road safety knowledge and expertise.
The concepts outlined in the presentations have sown a seed for improving the knowledge of road safety best practice for participants and beyond. The workshops outlined a framework for participants to take learnings and apply them gradually within their country contexts, to continuously improve road safety outcomes.
Opportunities for future engagement have been identified in the areas of crash scene investigation, crash data collection and analysis, international best practice on developing road traffic legislation associated with road safety enforcement and management level training on developing a data-led approach to road safety enforcement.