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          • Year: 2016
          • Urgent Police Depoliticisation in the Western Balkans

          • The policy opinion examines the problem of police politicisation in the Western Balkans and advocate for greater involvement of international community in increasing the operational independence of police.

        • One of the biggest problems faced by the police in the Western Balkans is politicisation and lack of operational independence from political leaders and structures. 

          This is confirmed by the legal framework on policing which introduces a wide scope of competencies of Ministers of Interior and other politically elected figures, and by the citizens’ perception that the police serve the political parties’ interests.

          There are various legal shortcomings influencing the operational independence of the police in the Western Balkans. It is therefore necessary that the international community - the European Union (EU) in particular - advocate the development of legal instruments and institutional mechanisms which will prevent the political leaders and structures from crossing the forbidden line and becoming involved in the operational work of the police.

           

          This publication is published within the project Western Balkans Pulse for Police Integrity and Trust - POINTPULSE which is supported by the European Union. Content of the project is the sole responsibility of the BCSP and the views expressed in this document do not necessarily reflect the views of the EU. Project activities can be also followed via Twitter hashtags #BalkanCops and #POINTPULSE.

        • Tags: police, Depoliticization, external oversight, policy opinion, POINTPULSE
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