SARAJEVO – Trust in the police, civil society and local self-government in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reduced by 12 percent.

The survey shows a decline of trust of 10 percent on average in all 12 institutions selected for this poll. The biggest decline was recorded in civil society, police, and municipalities by 12%.

The media, healthcare and anti-corruption agencies have recorded a fall in confidence of 10%, while the parliament is in the fourth place when it comes to falling trust compared to last year, stated the vice-president of Centre for Security Studies Armin Kržalić at the presentation of citizens’ perceptions of police in Sarajevo on 14 of September 2017.

“The reasons for the fall of trust are a consequence of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s stalemate on its way to the European Union, the daily clashes between people from security institutions, judiciary and other institutions of legislative power which, thanks to the media, become problem generators rather than the mechanisms of their resolution”, explained Kržalić.

Overall, almost half of the respondents (49%) in Bosnia and Herzegovina have no trust in the police, which is an increase of 12% compared to 2016.

“Trust in the police was reduced by 8 percent in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, while in the Republic of Srpska by 20% compared to the previous year. People over 65 years trust the police the most. Viewed through an ethnic prism, Bosniaks have the most trust in the police – 51%, followed by Croats – 46%, and Serbs – 45%. Women police officers are perceived as polite, communicative and friendly, while men police officers are perceived as persons who can be easily corrupt”, said Kržalić.

Most reliable institutions for the citizens in the Western Balkans are education, police, health service and local self-government highlighted project researcher at the Centre for Security Studies Mirela Hodović.

“The citizens of the Western Balkans have the least trust in parliament, the courts, the prosecution and the anti-corruption bodies. Corruption in the police is present to the same extent as last year and that the traffic and border police and experts in the ministry’s offices are the most corrupt”, said Hodović.

In the conclusion, Hodović emphasized that the public trust in the police in Bosnia and Herzegovina is not good and that it is the lowest in the last three years.

“It is imperative that the management of police structures should focus energy on finding and eliminating factors that have led to the fall of trust in the third round”, recommended Hodović.

The survey was conducted in June and July 2017 on the representative sample of 6,000 respondents in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, within the regional poll conducted by the POINTPULSE, with the field work conducted by IPSOS.

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