POINTPULSE is a network of seven CSOs. It was created with the goal to monitor the state of police integrity in law enforcement agencies and advocate for policy changes for tackling the police corruption.
Current members of the POINTPULSE network are:
POINTPULSE network offers evidence based policy solutions for governments and regional initiatives, in a domain of police integrity, in order to inspire them to adopt anticorruption policies within police and commit fully to the basics of transparency and accountability.
POINTPULSE network draws its recommendations from empirical research that covers six critical areas for strengthening the police integrity:
POINTPULSE serve as an independent civil society oversight mechanism for police integrity. Based on the research findings and identified systemic risks of corruption in the police, POINTPULSE advocate for changes in the existing police anticorruption policies and adoption of new policies.
Furthermore, POINTPULSE serve as the key expert source of information on latest progresses and achievements in regards to strengthening the police integrity in the Southeast Europe.
POINTPULSE network continually developing the capacity, knowledge and commitment to provide analysis, monitoring and advocacy on policy, measures and reforms related to police integrity. This is accomplished through:
- Implementing methodological framework for analysing police corruption and by providing a coherent, comprehensive framework for assessing the state of play regarding police integrity;
- Monitoring and benchmarking police integrity by conducting public opinion survey and producing policy analyses, national reports and annual reports on the state of police integrity both at national and regional level;
- Influencing policy makers and raising awareness on police integrity by organizing panel discussions and conferences, developing online platform, actively using social media (Twitter, Facebook, Youtube) and conducting social networks campaign, creating mailing lists, producing media feature stories, organizing meetings with law enforcement agencies and regional initiatives.
Analytica is a non‐profit independent institution dedicated to helping institutions with the aim to foster lasting improvement in the democracy and governance in Macedonia, with special focus on the security sector.
Analytica worked on mapping and monitoring the security sector reforms in Macedonia. One of the aspects examined was the internal controlling mechanism within the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Sector for Internal Control and Professional Standards). The research noted structural deficiencies within this department and serious challenges for performing decent control of the police behaviour.
Furthermore, Analytica undertook a research project entitled “Fighting police corruption: analysis of national policies”, which aimed to map and assess the theoretical and practical challenges of implementing anti-corruption measures in Macedonia.
Between June 2014 and May 2015 Analytica’s security fellows researched the extent to which citizens in Macedonia’s capital are involved in community policing. This was a first independent research focusing on the role that individuals play in contributing to the more general safety in the communities they live in. The project aimed at presenting to the public the model of community policing practiced in Skopje through a critical lens incorporating its main features as well as its shortcomings.
Additionally during 2015, Analytica worked on the research “Assessing the Oversight Mechanisms of Police Forces in Macedonia” this project aimed of showing how efficient are the current oversight mechanisms in handling citizens complaints on police misconducts.
Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP)
One of the BCSP’s main topics of interested is accountability of security institutions, with particular focus on anti-corruption. The BCSP has so far systematically mapped corruption risks in the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces, Ministry of Interior and the Security Information Agency, in a project funded by Anti-Corruption Agency of Serbia.
Building upon that, it focused on police corruption and building capacities of local CSOs to investigate this problem at the local level through the EU-funded project “A-COP: Civil Society against Police Corruption”. It has also continued to comprehensively monitor implementation of anti-corruption policies and integrity building in security institutions, as well as strengthening cooperation with independent state institutions overseeing the work of security actors in the framework of the project “Partnership for Integrity in Security Sector” funded by USAID.
A major recognition of the BCSP’s expertise in this field is the fact that it was selected as a country assessor for Serbia in both Transparency International Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index surveys that have taken place so far (2012, 2014).
The BCSP has also been selected to perform the duty of Citizens’ Overseer of Public Procurement, which is a mechanism established in Serbia to increase transparency of, and reduce corruption risk in public procurement.
Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Serbia (BIRN Serbia)
BIRN Serbia’s mission is to advance the country’s political, social and economic transition through the provision of objective and quality information, the training of journalists, and assistance to institutional reforms and the public as Serbia moves forward.
Key issues that BIRN has identified include lack of freedom of expression, loss of media independence, lack of good governance, an absence of anti-corruption efforts, poor access to justice and rights and the incapacity of the CSO to address issues of public interest.
BIRN Serbia addresses those issues twofold. BIRN regularly reports on and aims to expose corruption, both on national and regional level.
Due to many factors, such as the economic crisis and political pressures, it is a specific social phenomenon that addressing corruption and anti-corruption efforts are reserved for the alternative media and non-profit sector. This makes BIRN’s efforts particularly important.
On the other hand, through monitoring activities, accessing public documents and providing them to the public, we work on prevention of corruption, drawing public attention even before wrongdoing occurs.
Centre for Security Studies (CSS)
Since it’s establishing in 2001, Centre for Security Studies BIH works to generate knowledge and provide policy, management and capacity strengthening solutions to problems caused by safety and security issues in post-war Bosnia.
The topics covered by the research group include, but are not restricted to, securitization, democratic control and oversight, corruption, transparency and accountability of the security sector, police and military reforms, political violence, peace-building, conflict management, migration, and foreign policy. Overall, the Centre for Security Studies BIH is dedicated to improving the quality of governance in the country and in the region of Western Balkans.
The project “Evaluation of the legal framework of the police sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina” produced a publication “Overview of policing in Bosnia and Herzegovina” in 2013 that set forth an overview of the police system, the efficiency and pointed at the possibility to consider the reorganisation of police.
Concentrating on the corruption risks in the security sector, CSS implemented a project “Mapping the Quality of the Statistical Data on Police involvement in Corruption amongst Police Agencies in BIH” and started implementing the project “Mapping Corruption Risks in the Security Sector”.
CSS most recently took part as a representative of CSOs in drafting the state Strategy for the Fight against Corruption (2015-2019).
Institute Alternative (IA)
Institute Alternative (IA) is a non-governmental organization, established in September 2007 by a group of citizens with experience in civil society, public administration and business sector.
The IA’s work focuses on two issues concerning police integrity. Firstly, strengthening the integrity and good governance in the sector of defence and security. Special attention is devoted to democratic and civilian control – parliamentary oversight, internal control, civil and judicial oversight as well as to the control performed by independent institutions in this sector. Secondly, achieving more accountable, transparent and rational management of public finances.
The focus is on further development of external (state) audit, internal controls in the public sector as well as the parliamentary oversight over the budget. Through this actions, IA’s published analysis on problems in implementing new Criminal Procedure Code, internal controls of police and control of secret Surveillance Measures in Criminal Procedure.
IA actively and directly participates in this process within the working group for Chapter 23 – Judiciary and fundamental rights, in preparation for the Montenegro’s accession to the European Union.
Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM)
The Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) is an independent non-governmental organization founded in November 1999 in Tirana, Albania. IDM goal is to strengthen the Albanian civil society, to monitor, analyze, and facilitate the Euro-Atlantic integration processes of the country and to help consolidate the good governance and inclusive policymaking. IDM carries on its objectives through expertise, innovative policy research, analysis, and assessment-based policy options.
IDM’s choice of activities to achieve its strategic objectives is an effort to go beyond simple one-time delivery projects. They form part of a continuing struggle to strengthen shared values and efficient interactions across the broad spectrum of political and non-political actors in Albania. IDM is dedicated to developing a profound understanding of contemporary challenges so as to shape sustainable reforming strategies and public policies in key socio-economic and political development pillars and to advance regional cost-effective approaches in support of crosscutting cooperation initiatives of key actors based on comprehensive research, policy assessment and multifaceted analysis.
These guiding principles and objectives represent the foundation of our mission, on which IDM forms the framework of its program priorities, shapes the results of its work, and drives the services and contribution to civil society efforts.
Kosovar Centre of Security Studies (KCSS)
Since 2012 KCSS is implementing the project “Kosovo Security Barometer” where KCSS measured the citizen’s trust on Kosovo Police. The citizens also had the opportunity to explain their opinions regarding the level of corruption in Kosovo Police.
Through project “Public Procurement in Security Sector”, KCSS is monitoring public finances of the Security Sector in Kosovo, particularly in Kosovo Police and Kosovo Security Force. KCSS in February 2014 has published the report entitled “Accountability or Not! Managing the public finance in Kosovo Security Sector” on current trends related to misusing of Public Procurement in Kosovo Police, role of internal control in preventing corruption in Kosovo Police; furthermore, it has advocated for changing and reforming internal professional capacities in order to establish the strict control regarding the financial control and preventing corruption in Police.
KCSS has published analyses on vetting system in the Kosovo Security Sector. The mandate to conduct vetting and security clearance in Kosovo belongs to Kosovo Intelligence Agency, and as a result many Kosovo Police officials have failed in this process. This has led to institutional clashes between Police and Intelligence regarding the vetting process.
Many police officers are still working in the senior management positions in Police and having access in confidential data despite the fact that they have failed in the vetting process. KCSS has formal cooperation with the parliamentary committees which oversee the security sector in Kosovo. KCSS closely cooperate with the Committee for Internal Affairs, Security and Supervision of the Kosovo Security Force.