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    • Politicization is one of the main risks of corruption in police

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    • Date: 20 December 2012
      In all previous studies of corruption in Serbian police the same risks were identified, and major one among them is politicization, BCSP Researcher Sasa Djordjevic said at the press conference in the Media Center.
      Conference on control of police corruption in Serbia raised wide interest of media
      Conference on control of police corruption in Serbia raised wide interest of media

      Politicization, police reluctance to report cases of corruption in its ranks and realization of confidential procurements are the main risks of corruption in the Serbian police, noted BCSP Researcher Sasa Djordjevic at the conference organised for the launch of the seventh Collection of Policy Papers on Police Reform in Serbia.

      "Because of the attempts of political parties to control the process of selection of personnel in the police administration, Nis and Novi Sad are without heads of district police for last three years. Big problem also is the realization of confidential procurement. It is often done on the basis of appraisal of chiefs in Cabinet of the Minister, therefor expediency of these purchases can be questioned", said Djordjevic.

      Presenting the results of a study on corruption in the police, which showed that more than 75 percent of police officers are unwilling to report cases of corruption in their own ranks, Djordjevic stressed the need to build an effective internal control system and the police whistleblower protection at the national level.

      Co-author of seventh edition of the Collection of Policy Papers on Police Reform in Serbia Jan Litavski said that corruption in police ranks must be viewed through a wider social context in which the police operate.

      "The main cause of corruption in the police is abuse of power for personal profit, primarily material. Corruption undermines the mission of the police and leads to a lack of quality in performing operational tasks, resulting in the collapse of credibility among citizens", noted Litavski.

      As the most common form of corruption in the police, he alleged bribe for traffic police in order to avoid fines for traffic violations, and bribery for the prompt issuance of identity documents.

      Seventh Collection of Policy Papers on Police Reform in Serbia BCBP published in cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Serbia. The complete paper can be found here.

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