Police integrity must become one of the priority areas of further strategic development of the Albanian police.

During 2016 the police integrity has been compromised by problems of bribery and misuse of office, excessive use of force, passive professional behaviour and allegations of links to drug trafficking.

There is a complex system of internal and external controls of the State Police in place, but it is characterised by insufficient cooperation and information exchange between the authorities in charge of oversight as well as the insufficient implementation of their conclusions and recommendations.

The citizens tend to be confused about the proper channels and authorities to whom to report corruption or misconduct, as a consequence of the presence of too many actors.

Although some progress has been achieved, mainly with regard to the adoption of the legal framework on anti-corruption, oversight authorities have not yet achieved necessary efficiency in the implementation of their powers.
The application of external control mechanisms with regard to police work is sporadic and the impact of the conclusions and recommendations of the committees of the Assembly is scarce. The other independent oversight bodies are generally understaffed and underresouced.

The institutional framework for control of police work has been developed and is now almost complete; however, there is still much room left to introduce a number of additional mechanisms to ensure enforcement of preventive and repressive measures to raise the level of police integrity.

A long-term strategic approach to the State Police human resource management is not yet in place.

Budget execution is constrained by the low performance in investment; better planning capacity is thus required, as well as timely implementation of procurement procedure. Internal audit staff lacks capacities, audit engagements are not systematically risk-based, and the audits performed by the internal audit units within the State Police are still transaction-based rather than systematic.

There are no available results concerning the prosecution of high-level corruption in the police, nor is there follow up in the higher court instances.

The report aims to assess police integrity in Albania and examine its compliance with the principles of good governance and accountability and to contribute to the improved functioning of the State Police and oversight of its work. A qualitative approach was employed for the purpose of preparing the report.

TAGS: AlbaniaExternal OversightPolice ReformReport