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          • Year: 2017
          • Supporting Improvement of Police Communication in the Western Balkans

          • Improved communication between police and traditional media and better visibility of police services on social media is the primary objective of the project BCSP is implementing.

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          Building and maintaining trust is the cornerstone of successful policing. In that context, proactively engaging the traditional media and social media platforms can be an effective way, not only to positively influence citizen’s perception of a police service but for a crime fighting.

           

           

           

          The selective approach to the police service towards the media, information leakage from investigations and their subsequent politicization, as well as the stigmatization of certain journalists, represent the greatest problems in the relationship between the media and the police. These issues will be tackled by producing, publishing and presenting policy paper on how to improve communication between traditional media and police service.

           

          Police services in the region don’t maximize the potential of social media platforms to fight crime and engage citizens. This concern will be tackled by producing, publishing and presenting the first study in the region on using social media by the police service.

           

          Journalists in the region are not fully aware of the different aspects of the police work which prevents them from being able to offer in-depth and extensive coverage of various aspects of policing. It is imperative that reporters take the time to learn about the history of police in their particular communities and the nation’s history of police engagement. This concern will be tackled by creating and publishing an online map “Learning about Balkan Cops” aiming to present basic facts with relevant resources for policing in the Western Balkans.

           

          The overall objective of the project is to increase the involvement of the POINTPULSE network in promoting police integrity in the Western Balkans. Specifically, the project aims to improve communication between police officers and journalists and to increase the visibility of police services on two social media platforms - Facebook and Twitter.

           

          About POINTPULSE

          Seven civil society organisations: Analytica from Skopje, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) and Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) from Belgrade, Centre for Security Studies (CSS) from Sarajevo, Institute Alternativa (IA) from Podgorica, Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) from Tirana, and the Kosovo Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) from Pristina formed the POINTPULSE network with the aim to oversee police integrity in the Western Balkans and contribute to increasing the trust and confidence in the police services in the region by fighting police corruption and promoting police integrity. 

           

        • Tags: police, police and media
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