Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a total of 850 employees and a budget of 15 million Euros has only one employee for public procurement.
By Denis Hadžović (CSS)
The police institutions and agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), particularly those with thousands of employees, only have 2 or 3 personnel working on public procurement. In such conditions, the planning of public procurement is a very difficult task for every policing agency, which further undermines their ability to implement mechanisms for ensuring better quality offers.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Canton Sarajevo which employs the largest number of staff compared to other cantonal ministries (currently about 2,000) have only 3 employees performing procurement tasks. The same can be said for the Border Police, which has the highest number of employees among police agencies in BIH. According to data from 2015, this agency has about 2,200 employees and only 2 employees working in public procurement. The Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies is also faced with a lack of human resources in public procurement. With a total of 850 employees and a budget of 15 million Euros, the institution has only one employee performing public procurement tasks.
Police officials and civil society in BIH have pointed out that the lack of human resources for the implementation of public procurement is actually a long-standing problem among many police institutions and a particularly worrying fact is that no concrete action has been undertaken to address this issue, nor does the political elite show will to improve the situation by taking adequate measures.
The best example of that illogical situation is the Police Support Agency (PSA) which was established by the Law on Directorate for Coordination of the Law Enforcement Organizations and Agencies for Support of the Police Structure of BIH. The mentioned Law stipulates several jurisdictions and fields of competence for the PSA and, among other things, the duty for the Agency to carry out tender procedures for special equipment for police bodies of BIH.
Although the Law gave the PSA competence in the area of police bodies procurement, it was never fully implemented. Due to this competence, on a total of 35 employees of the PSA, 5 employees are in charge of public procurement for BIH’s police bodies, however, they aren’t actually performing any real tasks, while other police agencies are facing a real lack of personnel. The way in which the PSA currently operates demonstrates that it does not fulfill the tasks stipulated by the law for the police bodies in the public procurement process and the reasonable question is: should the PSA exist in the future with the same competencies in public procurement?
In order to resolve the human resources challenge in public procurement within the police, it’s necessary to conduct a detailed analysis of the work of PSA in performing public procurement process for police bodies of BIH; as well as that the representatives of the legislative authority initiate a debate on this issue and find quality solutions in efforts to ensure adequate financial conditions for the work of the police institutions in the field of public procurement.