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    • BCSP trained police officers on action planning

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    • Date: 28 May 2012
      The BCSP team implemented the training of 60 police officers from all 27 police departments in Serbia on action planning in their local communities on 21-25th of May.

      Only through the cooperation of the police and other social actors on the local level can all the problems facing local communities be identified and solutions to address them developed. Therefore the partnership action plan is an integral part of community policing - a conclusion of the police training conducted by BCSP Director Sonja Stojanovic and BCSP Researcher Sasa Djordjevic.

      Police recognizes importance of action planning

      The development strategy through 2016 of the Ministry of Interior Affairs recognizes the importance of community policing as one of the key requirements for improving the security of individuals, communities, and countries.

      Therefore, the main objective of the training by BCSP - accomplished with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia - was to develop skills and knowledge of police officers in planning and implementing actions to improve community safety, as well as to design ten individual action plans to increase partnerships in community policing.

      The trainees recognized the importance of joint action planning in the development of community policing and stressed that the hardest part of the job was “finding an appropriate model of cooperation between the different actors.” In addition, they pointed out that the most important part of action planning was “the prevention of various crimes and misdemeanors.”

      To assist police officers in developing action plans, BCSP provided theory on and examples of successful action planning through lectures and workshops. At first, successful elements of action planning were determined, and then a panel discussed success stories in Serbia. 

       Samples of successful action planning in Serbia

      The Safety Council of Valjevo presented the results of the “Together against Drugs” project, which first targeted parents, showing them how to provide support to their children and teaching them about the negative consequences of using psychoactive substances. According to the representatives of the Council, the biggest problem in implementing the project was “reaching the parents and explaining the problem.” Therefore, some workshops in Voljevo schools were attended by four parents, and some by more than 70. However, the representatives stated that “the goal of 120 parents attending the workshops was achieved.” In addition to workshops for parents, the team from Valjevo organized the division of printing educational material on the topic. The fourth issue of the magazine treating addicts, “Credo”, and the council service organization for employees of the psychiatric services and volunteers of the “Dobri Ljudi” became involved in the field of drug addiction treatment and prevention.

      Another example of successful planning in Serbia, presented to police officers, was the “Our action - our safe house” project of the Safety Council from Becej. The Becej team worked on preventing domestic violence and drug addiction. This was done through six direct ratio and television broadcasts, and through the distribution of over 5000 brochures on domestic violence. The brochure was created to promote the direct phone number of the team from the Centre of Social Work in Becej, which before the promotion “was unknown to the Becej citizens,” said a representative of the Security Council. The attendees of the discussion on the harmful effects of psychoactive substances included over 1000 students.

      Police officers were most interested in developing cooperation with the civil society and other actors involved in implementing action. They followed the discussion on the successful results of action planning in Serbia; worked to develop concrete action plans through the analysis of the security situation in their local communities; identified problems, objectives, and actions for their plans; and calculated the human and material resources required to implement the plans. 

       

      What are the next steps?

      All of the police officers from the 27 police departments are responsible for developing at least one action plan, which targets issues of domestic violence, robbery, hooliganism, and/or drug abuse in their local community. After developing the plan, the Ministry of the Interior, in cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Serbia and BCSP, will select ten action plans to implement by the end of October 2012. 

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