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In cooperation with the British Embassy and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Ombudsman Office and the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) organised a workshop on Independent Investigation Mechanisms

The Ombudsman Office and the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) organised an interactive workshop on "the Mechanisms of Independent Investigations", over a week-long period starting from Sunday, 28th November 2021, at the Judicial and Legal Studies Institute (JLSI), in cooperation with the British Embassy in Bahrain and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which was attended by the Ombudsman Office, SIU, and the Department  of Internal Audit and Investigations at the Ministry of Interior.

The workshop was presented by experienced operational practitioners from the Independent Office for Police Conduct in the United Kingdom (IOPC), and included important discussions, specifically on the methodology that the office follows in its investigations, mainly in the field of investigating the use of force and evaluating evidence. These topics dealt with identifying detailed procedures such as collecting evidence and hearing witness statements, and the elements that need to be verified in cases of contact with police personnel, in addition to the standards of excellence, drawing conclusions, and organization learning.

This advanced workshop is a part of a series of workshops and training programmes delivered through the joint cooperation between the Ombudsman Office, SIU, British Embassy, the UNDP and the IOPC, with the aim to share experiences and identify best practices for the work conducted by the independent oversight bodies in overseeing police conduct, as well as to continue to develop participants’ skills and knowledge in their field of work based on real case studies, the outcomes of real investigations and the results of assessments and reviews.