PRISTINA – There are still disagreements between the Police Inspectorate and the State Prosecutor in Kosovo on conducting integrity test for the police officers.
The Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) organized the conference on police integrity in Kosovo with particular emphasis on the police corruption on 8 of December 2017 in Pristina.
The public perception towards the police remains to be positive despite the fact that the number of arrested police officers increased in 2016 and 2017.
“An increase of public trust to six percent in 2017 when compared to 2016 (from 56 percent to 62 percent) is identified. However, the Kosovo Police is potentially exposed to corruption risk given that around 28 percent of respondents believed that the police is corrupted and 29 percent that it is somehow corrupted. This is a huge increase as in 2016 only 11 percent of respondents viewed that the police is corrupted,” stated KCSS Researcher Plator Avdiu.
Those quantitative data derives from the Kosovo Security Barometer which measured public perceptions in Kosovo towards security and justice institutions in the country during October 2017, explained Avdiu.
The Kosovo Police is facing serious challenges when it comes to its integrity regardless its positive perception. The head of Sector of Carrier Development in the Department of Human Resources of the Kosovo Police, Brahim Sadriu, pointed out that the institution has already drafted the Integrity Plan in order to address this issue.
“The plan has identified the most sensitive areas within the police and through the action plan they will be addressed. The integrity plan will contribute to transparency, prevention of corruption and strengthening of police internal control mechanisms with the aim to enhance integrity within the Kosovo Police”, said Sadriu.
On the other hand, the Police Inspectorate of Kosovo have investigated 130 cases of criminal offenses within the police for the period from January to September 2017. However, there are still disagreements between the Police Inspectorate and the State Prosecutor on conducting integrity test for the police officers.
“The new changes in the Criminal Code would define better the issue of integrity tests”, pointed out the Head of Department of Investigations in the Police Inspectorate of Kosovo, Burim Raçi.
The panellists have also raised other issues pertaining to police integrity, such as challenges to recruitment and promotion of police officers, public procurement, and investigations towards police officers accused of corruption as well as the lack of transparency of the police on publishing its internal documents.