In agreement with President Emomali Rahmon the National Coordinator on the Police Reform Program has been replaced.     

Colonel Valikhon Hamdamzoda was appointed the National Coordinator on the Police Reform Program replacing Major-General Farhodbek  Shodmonzoda, who was retired for age reasons.  Hamdamzoda was appointed the National Coordinator on the Police Reform Program at the end of the last year.

Valikhon Hamdamzoda has worked with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan since 1983.    

Tajik police reform is a reform aimed at improving the efficiency of Tajikistan’s police force and the renaming, under which the country's police force will formally be referred to as “politsia” instead of the Soviet-era “militsia,” is part of what the police reform.

The Police Reform Strategy in Tajikistan (Strategy) is a document, which defines the state policy on combating crime.  It reflects the actions that will be implemented by the Government of Tajikistan in a mid-term on police reforming and development of Tajikistan.

The Strategy has been developed by national experts in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office in Tajikistan based on the Joint Needs Assessment of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Tajikistan, carried out by the OSCE assessment team in 2008, as well as based on the “Police Reform Assessment” workshop, conducted from November 9 to 20, 2009.

The Strategy is aimed at the identification of goals, priorities and measures on Police Reforming and Development, the implementation of which facilitates the solution of crucial tasks of socio-economic development of Tajikistan in the modern era.

The Strategy represents a completely new approach to developing of internal affairs agencies of Tajikistan, taking into consideration the world practice on development and implementation of similar strategic documents, lessons and conclusions of past phases of Police Development, as well as the current realities and perspectives of its development.

The Strategy is implemented in accordance with the Program (Strategy) of Police Development Perspectives, with the participation of the following stakeholders: the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, internal affairs agencies, civil society institutes, the population of Tajikistan, and international organizations with donor-states.

The Strategy takes into account and envisages the reforms, occurring in the key areas of the society and the state vital activity.

On April 8, 2011, the Interior Ministry of Tajikistan and the OSCE Office in Tajikistan signed a memorandum of understanding on police reform in Dushanbe.

The memorandum provided for establishing a Police Reform Steering Group to develop the program.  The memorandum took effect on February 25, 2012.