Since August 2013, Siren has been supporting Jordan’s civil security institutions to maintain safety and stability in Jordan at a time of growing regional turbulence. This year sees the continuation of the project implemented by a Siren-Ark Consortium.

Working in partnership with the British Embassy and the Embassy of the Netherlands, Siren has been managing and staffing a Policing Support Team that designs and delivers interventions to enhance community and public safety in Jordan. The combined value of our interventions to-date is over £13 million. We have delivered these interventions to three main beneficiaries – the Public Security Directorate, the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate, and the Gendarmerie.

Between 2013 and 2015, the primary security concerns in Jordan focused on the threat of disorder from popular uprisings, and the potential for crime and instability in Syrian refugee camps. Correspondingly, our support to the Gendarmerie focused on the professional and peaceful management of large public events and demonstrations. With the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate, we helped to set-up and expand a community policing initiative in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps. We also conducted a strategic review of the Public Security Directorate’s service delivery, identifying avenues through which its proficiency, transparency and accountability could be enhanced.

The ever-worsening refugee crisis and the regional expansion of violent extremist groups since 2013 has increased the complexity of maintaining stability and security in Jordan. More than ever, state institutions must respond in a joined-up and dynamic way in order to confront this challenge effectively.

To support this, we have moved towards a thematic approach in our work with Jordan’s civil security agencies. Through our interventions we will build on these agencies’ leadership and management capability. We will promote greater intelligence-sharing between agencies and support the effective collection and analysis of information to inform decision making. Finally, we will seek to enhance the level of positive engagement between the police and Jordan’s different communities. Together, we anticipate that these efforts will make a contribution to maintaining stability and security in Jordan.