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          • Year: 2017
          • The Citizens’ Opinion of the Police in Serbia - 2017

          • More than half of the population in Serbia (56%) showed trust in the police. Over the last three years, a steady yet small increase in the level of trust in the police has been observed. However, it is still below the global average of 60-90%.These are the main findings of a public opinion survey conducted within the framework of the regional network of civil society organizations POINTPULSE.

        • An analysis of the results of a public opinion survey indicates that the citizens of Serbia are aware of many problems that are present in the police, from widespread corruption and politicization to the lack of professional behavior.

          Although there are problems and citizens feel they are very widespread, this does not significantly affect the level of trust in this institution.

          The perception of corruption in the police has been reduced by 4% compared to 2016, but still only one out of 25 citizens of Serbia think that there is no corruption in the policeis institution, while two of the three respondents (68%) believe that the police are severely corrupt. Citizens see traffic police as the most corrupt.

          The probability that a citizen of Serbia will report corruption in the police is extremely small. Almost half are not willing to report a corruption case, whether they are filing it anonymously or asking for personal information. Only a quarter of citizens (26%) would report corruption if they needed to leave their personal data, while one in three (35%) would be willing to do it anonymously.

          Every other citizen (58%) thinks that the police are least working in the service of citizens, and one out of three respondents (37%) believes that the police mainly works in the service of citizens. Three out of four citizens of Serbia (70%) believe that politics has an excessive influence on the operational work of the police.

          Citizens state that personal, friendly and faliliar connections are the main road to employment in the police, followed by political connections and public vacancies just in the third place.

          The first citizen's associations to the male police officers are arrogance or cruelty, and then corruption. They see female police officers as kind and beautiful, suggesting that, despite the fact that women form a significant part of the police since 2000, gender prejudices have a significant impact on the police work experience.

          You can see the complete findings of the police perception survey in Serbia on this link.


           

        • Tags: police, corruption in police, Western Balkans, POINTPULSE, public opinion, citizens, Sasa Djordjevic, Bojan Elek
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