To protect refugees and host communities from possible violence and abuse, and expand basic service delivery to both communities, the Shoulder to Shoulder project supports Jordan’s Public Security Directorate (PSD) in the roll-out of community policing in north and south Amman. It does so through the provision of training and mentoring to community police, new spaces for the community police to meet with local residents, and support in the planning and implementation of local safety initiatives held collaboratively with community members.
While Jordan remains relatively stable given the conflicts and challenges faced by neighbouring countries in the region, research has demonstrated that vulnerability continues to be an issue, particularly in areas where there is limited engagement between communities and public service actors, including the police. The PSD, supported by Siren, successfully piloted community policing in both refugee camps and host communities. However, its broader ability to communicate and engage effectively with marginalised and potentially vulnerable groups remains limited.