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Small Arms Survey. 2004 ‘Post-conflict Reform.’ Small Arms Survey 2004: Rights at Risk, pp. 240-1. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1 July

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Post-conflict Reform

In October 1999, a UN transnational administration was created to assist East Timor in its transition to independence after decades of Indonesian rule. A key objective was the rapid establishment of a professional police force. Recent killings of civilians by East Timorese police have, however, highlighted the limitations of the UN-supervised training programme…

Though highly motivated, nearly 90 percent of recruits to the East Timor Police Service have had no prior policing experience. Police officers in the new force were issued pepper spray, batons, and Austrian Glock pistols.

The UN-supervised training in the handling of firearms, notably the Glock pistols, did not review in any serious way the circumstances in which police should use their weapons. New recruits were simply sent out onto the streets after receiving target practise.

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