The second assessment of the institutional integrity of the police analyses the methods used by the system to resist irregularities and illegalities in the work of police officers.
The analysis covers the period from November 2016 to November 2017 and builds on the results of previous research. In this report the Institute Alternative have presented the key novelties, changes and improvements, but also the negative practices and obstacles to efficient work, with the intent to make a contribution to improving the functioning of the police and increasing public trust and confidence in its work, the level of which – much like in other Balkan countries – happens to be very low.
The report has five chapters. The first chapter is devoted to bodies that perform external oversight of the police. There are five of them Montenegro: the Assembly of Montenegro, the Council for Civil Control, the Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms, the Agency for Protection of Personal Data and Free Access to Information, and the Anti-Corruption Agency. The two following chapters are titled Human Resources Management and Financial Management, while the last two are devoted to internal control in the broader sense (made up of the Internal Control Department, the Disciplinary Commission, the Ethics Committee, and the heads of organisational units of the police), and finally, to the criminal liability and the work of judicial authorities.
The Report concluded that Montenegro has a complex system of internal and external oversight of the work of the police. In 2016, this system was characterised by: insufficient cooperation and exchange of information between the oversight bodies; insufficient effects of their control, conclusions and recommendations; and – as a result of too many actors – citizens’ dilemmas as to the proper body to whom to report abuse, corruption or excessive use of police powers. Although some progress has been made, the oversight bodies have yet to achieve the necessary efficiency in the application of their powers.