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          • Year: 2014
          • Assessment of Police Corruption in Serbia

          • The report "Assessment of Police Corruption in Serbia" should contribute ensuring that the public clearly understands the appearance of corruption in the police and the importance of transparent fight against corruption, de-politicization of the police and the establishment of effective system of internal control in the police. Report is part of the project "A-COP: Civil Society Against Police Corruption".

        • Results of public opinion polls on corruption conducted among police officers, assessment of police work, statistics on filed criminal complaints against police officers and different scandals in connection with the MoI work which occurred in 2013 indicate that there is significant corruption in the police and that this undermines the integrity of police and its officers. In addition to this, a harmonized system of internal police control, which, together with institutions of external oversight and control, should prevent the police from exceeding their competences and simultaneously ensure greater responsibility of police officers, does not work well in Serbia. Also, the implementation of strategic documents for reducing police corruption is questionable. All this together is not conducive to meeting the expectations of most citizens that the police should play the leading role in the fight against corruption in Serbia.

          All above mentioned facts emphasize the need for drafting an independent assessment of police corruption in Serbia. This report should therefore primarily help the public to understand police corruption better. Based on the report, civil society organizations will be able to formulate their positions for advocating appropriate ways to reduce police corruption.

          First of all, the report briefly explains the phenomenon of police corruption and police integrity. The second part of the report provides a comparative presentation of the views of citizens, police union members and police officers on various dimensions of police corruption. The third part of the report presents the main types of police corruption in Serbia. This is followed by an analysis of IAS work aimed at reducing police corruption. At the end of the report, there is a detailed analysis of the content and implementation of the three documents which are of importance for the reduction of corruption in the police: the 2011-2016 MoI Development Strategy, the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and the MoI Integrity Plan. The research methodology is presented at the end of the report.

          The report is the part of the project “A-COP: Civil Society against Police Corruption” which is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Government of Republic of Serbia. Content of the publication is the sole responsibility of the publisher.

        • Tags: A-COP group, corruption in police, fight against corruption, corruption, police, civil society
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