Handover Ceremony for Patrol Cars to Community Police Centers in Bhutan

The handover ceremony of the ‘Project for Provision of Patrol Cars to Community Police Centers in Paro, Wangduephodrang and Trashigang’, under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP), will be held on 23rd December 2016, in the city of Thimphu, Bhutan.

The ceremony will be attended by Colonel Chimi Dorji, Chief of Police, Royal Bhutan Police, the recipient organization of this grant, and other relevant officials of the Royal Government of Bhutan, as well as Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan.

The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project scheme was established in 1989 to meet the diverse basic human needs in developing countries. The Government of Japan has supported Bhutan in projects, such as, construction of bridges, as well as provision of fire engines and compactor trucks.

In this project, a funding assistance amounting to 15.3 million Yen, aims to provide four new patrol cars to the Community Police Centers (CPCs) in Paro, Wangduephodrang and Trashigang.

Royal Bhutan Police has expanded the concept of CPCs in the whole country to enhance the capacity of patrolling. In the areas covered by CPCs which will be provided with patrol cars in this project, about 16% of the total crime in the country was reported in 2014. However, the patrol cars currently used in the above areas suffer from frequent breakdowns because of ageing, and are at times unavailable for duty in emergency cases as they cannot start because of the cold weather.

This project, through provision of four new patrol cars to CPCs, will help in swiftly dispatching personnel from CPCs in emergency cases and maintaining public peace in the city, and as a result, will contribute to creating a safer living environment for a total of 35,000 people residing in those areas.

The Government of Japan hopes that the four patrol cars to be provided through this project will contribute to making Paro, Wangduephodrang and Trashigang safer for people to live, by enhancing the function of CPCs. Through the GGP Scheme, the Government of Japan looks forward to further developing the relations of friendship and cooperation between Japan and Bhutan.