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Problem-solving often walked down criminal and cultural avenues, said Dolan. A presentation on domestic violence by a female officer from the Palestinian Authority discussed how some men believe they have a right to beat their wives. But police are working for change, getting the women to halfway houses and working with relatives to get them out of dangerous relationships, Dolan said.
When the officials went public about their meetings at a news conference Aug. 21, there was nervousness about how their regions would react to a ground-level effort that’s working, said Dolan. Jordanian and Palestinian Authority leaders told the group that strategies on crowd control they learned in earlier meetings allowed them to use nonviolent tactics to handle their versions of the Arab Spring, he said.
“This experience is up there with the most rewarding things in my career,” Dolan said. The group intends to meet again in six months.
The summit created new law enforcement partnerships not only in the Middle East, but with the American police chiefs as well. During the bombing at the Boston Marathon in April, the police officials from the three regions each called Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis to offer support.
“It really struck me during all the turmoil,” Davis said. “It gives you hope for the future, no matter what side of the issues you come down on.”
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