Reforming the Tunisian security forces will take not just simple training and rearrangement, but a complete change in culture to reflect a new and open Tunisian society.
Lazhar Akremi, Delegate Minister to the Interior Minister in Charge of Reforms held a press conference yesterday to present the substance and intent of reforms to the security system.
Akremi declared that the security system can only evolve when the rest of the state institutions have undergone administrative, legislative, and judicial reforms. A committee composed of experts from both the judiciary and financial sector, in addition to volunteers and civil society members, is trying to develop the reform project.
These reforms aim at establishing better security measures and services, adapted to a democratic state. Akremi added that the reform program aspires to change the mentality and the behavior of the police force by enhancing the training and recruiting process.
Starting in 2012, the police force will wear a new uniform so as to present a new image from the one that citizens have been accustomed to. Akremi argued that this new image has to foster a democratic culture that entails a break from violence. Such violent behavior, he said, came from security forces’ lack of training in the human rights department.
Akremi regretted the indifference shown by political parties. At a recent debate on security reform organized by the Ministry, only two parties attended, Ennahda and El Majd.
Source: La Presse, Le Quotidien