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    • Date: 18 July 2011
      On the 15th July at the Media Centre in Belgrade, three researchers (Jan Litavski, Saša Djordjevic and Žarko Marković) presented the fifth Collection of Policy Papers on Police Reform in Serbia. The Collection contains assessment and answers to the three questions: How to improve professional ethics, culture and accountability of the police in Serbia? How to choose and how to train a police officer for the most efficient police cooperation? How civil society can contribute to the legality of the illegal migrants and asylum seekers?

      The following text introduces the policy papers on police reform in Serbia.

      Professional Ethics, Culture and Responsibilities of the Police in Serbia by Jan Litavske, researcher for the project

      The aim of police reform should not just be the creation of a service capable of fighting crime in a more efficient manner, but it should at the same time be the incorporation of the highest ethical norms and human rights standards in police work, so that the police are more responsible to the citizens they serve. In order to justify citizens’ trust, the police in Serbia have to show professionalism and integrity by following the rules of professional and ethical behaviour. The ethical code of conduct should reflect the highest ethical values expressed in prohibitions and obligations of police work. In order to change their image and the impression they give to the public, the police in Serbia must demonstrate a high level of integrity in their work, be prepared to confront the temptations and the abuse of police authority, and adhere to these values.

      Police Diplomacy Development: The Role of Liaison Officers by Saša Djordjević, researcher at the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy

      Because of the suppression of the “new” security challenges, risks, and threats, a special profile of the police officer who possesses analytical knowledge for utilization of criminal-intelligence data has been created. The police officer becomes a liaison officer or police attaché, and he is a coordinator of the exchange of information when tackling security challenges. Until July 2011, Serbia has sent four liaison officers without a previously established selection procedure, the regional police cooperation obtained the status of strategic priority, and during the last three years more than twenty agreements regulating different forms of police cooperation were signed. The present work points out the importance of regulation of the selection procedure for liaison officers or police attachés, and proposes a model for the selection procedure by answering two questions: how to choose the right police officer, and how to train him for the most efficient realization of police cooperation?

      How Can Civil Society Contribute to the Lawfulness of the Treatment of Illegal Migrants and Asylum Seekers by Žarko Marković, researcher at the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights

      Police actions in the area of illegal migrations and asylum are an issue that becomes increasingly important in Serbia, although Serbia is not the destination, but mostly a transit country for illegal migrants. The number of illegal migrants and asylum requests is growing from year to year, and bearing in mind the developments in Northern Africa and in the Middle East and Near East, it is expected that in the forthcoming period this number will grow even faster. Effective border control and the treatment of migrants in line with international human rights treaties will surely, in years to come, be a major challenge for all European countries, whether they are EU members, or those seeking to become such. In the countries of our region, significant contribution to the improvement of police work in this area, and especially to respecting migrants’ human rights, was made by the CSOs, through overseeing the way the state authorities treat these individuals. In this text we will try to explain why is it necessary to have this type of oversight in Serbia, and in which way it could be realized.

      Please find attached the fifth Collection of Policy Papers on Police Reform in Serbia.

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