FROM THE DVB NEWSROOM
The Karenni State Police states that it has opened eight police stations and four security posts to provide law enforcement since its founding on Aug. 25, 2021. It has prosecuted a total of 362 cases including drug offences, theft, rape, domestic violence and crimes such as advocating on behalf of the Burma Army.
“There are many difficulties. For example, crime has surged [since the 2021 military coup]. We hosted educational talks about the danger of drugs for young people. But, we can’t do much because of limited finances,” said Bo Bo, the Karenni State Police spokesperson.
There are now 320 Karenni State Police officers who are members of the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM). “Our government has restored institutions and we try to serve the people so we have state police and prisons in order to restore rule of law,” the Vice Chairperson of the Karenni Interim Executive Council Khun Bedu told DVB.
Over the last two years, the Karenni State Police have expanded its number of recruits with the participation of women reaching 35 percent. It investigated the massacres at Moso village, Hpruso Township, on Dec. 24, 2021 and at a monastery in Namneng village, Pinlaung Township, on March 11, 2023 in cooperation with international human rights organizations and the National Unity Government (NUG) Ministry of Human Rights.