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    • Why the Citizens Need Professionals in the Police

    • Date: 20 November 2018

      The results of the ongoing human resources management reform in the police and the importance of police professionalization for citizen’s safety at the local level are the main topics of the debate to be held on 20 November 2018, starting at 18:00, at the New City Hotel (Vozda Karadjordja 12, Nis).   

      Building trust and engagement between citizens and the police is essential for delivering successful policing, especially at the local level. The police must engage the public with tools and channels that they are familiar with, since they are a citizen-oriented service. Most important link to success are professionals within police and active citizens willing to contribute to creating a safe local environment. With a local debate, the partners’ intention is to open a space for discussion on how to engage citizens in the ongoing reform of human resource management in the police. Based on the discussion, the partners’ goal is to formulate recommendations both for the civil society and police authorities whose application in practice will contribute to the implementation of citizen-oriented policing.

      The following questions will guide the debate:

      • How to involve citizens in the ongoing human resource management reform in the police?
      • What do citizens think about employing staff in the police?
      • What are the results of human resource management reform in the police so far?
      • Is the legal framework good enough to ensure that only the professionals work in the police?
      • How to improve the professionalization of the police in response to local needs?


      • Representative, Ministry of Interior (TBC),
      • Senad Kostic, former Commander of Nis Gendarmerie Detachment,
      • Ninoslav Mitic, former Manager of Nis Police Directorate
      • Igor Vojinovic, Alderman, Nis Security Council member(TBC),
      • Danijela Vucic, Nis Security Council member representing civil society, Media & Reform Center Nis
      • Sasa Djordjevic, researcher, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy
      • Zarko Rankovic, Medijana Municipal Assembly President, former Nis Security Council member,
      • Aleksandar Stankov, Deputy Editor, Juzne vesti.


      • Milan Stefanovic, Director, Center for Civil Society Development PROTECTA, Nis

      Other participants in the local debate will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panellists after their presentations.

      Due to a limited number of available seats, please confirm your attendance by Monday, November 19, per E-mail at office@bezbednost.org or by phone at 011 3287 226.

      The debate is part of the joint efforts of the Centre for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA), National Coalition for Decentralization (NKD), Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) and Partners for Democratic Change, in cooperation with the Centre for Civil Society Development PROTECTA, to foster the participation of citizens in decision-making at the local level, through project “Civic Action for Accountability” supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The views expressed in the debate are exclusively the views of panelists and do not necessarily reflect the views of the USAID.


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