On 4 September the Head of Council of Europe Office in Yerevan Ms Natalia Voutova met with the Head of RA Police Mr Valeriy Osipyan. The meeting was organized within the “Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Armenia” project wherein the Police of the RoA is one of the main stakeholders. During the meeting Mr Osipyan expressed his appreciation regarding close cooperation with the Council of Europe and mentioned that this cooperation recorded positive results in the areas of preserving the public order, trafficking, fight against cybercrime, etc. In particular, a number of training sessions and seminars have been organized to adopt progressive work practices. He especially mentioned that the CoE supported their representatives to take part in various events during the years of 2017-2018 and spoke about educational handbooks that have been published.
Mr Osipyan mentioned that there is increased trust towards the police by the citizens of Armenia. As to fight against domestic violence, after the enforcement of the appropriate law around 400 cases have been registered within two months, and activities in this direction are underway at full scope. Ms Nelly Duryan, the Head of the Department on Protection of Juveniles' Rights and Combating Domestic Violence who was present at the meeting, briefly spoke about the activities targeting the Police planned within the project.
Ms Natalia Voutova mentioned that the cooperation between the CoE and Republic of Armenia has always been on a high level, and at present the cooperation is more dynamic and developing and that CoE is ready to assist the Police during the reforms. The parties further discussed other issues of mutual interest.