NIS—Citizens’ engagement in planning and creating a budget for the local police that is part of a highly centralized system such as the Ministry of the Interior, is the main topic of the debate that will be organized on December 18, 2018, starting at 12:00 in Nis.
Nis is the third largest city in Serbia where over 200,000 people live and they want to be safe. In addition, this city is one of the few in the country that have a youth and traffic safety strategies, and the city officials announced the adoption of a comprehensive security plan. The implementation of local security and safety goals depends mostly on secured funds and smooth coordination of local and republic authorities. There is a logical question, where are the citizens in such a complex environment, what is the perception of their security priorities, and how to hold accountable budget?
With a local debate, the partners’ intention is to open a space for discussion on how to amplify citizens’ voice on their security needs in a system that is highly centralized, such as the police. Based on the discussion, the partners’ aim is to formulate recommendations both for the civil society and police authorities whose application in practice will contribute to the implementation of citizen-oriented policing.
The following questions will guide the debate:
- What do citizens think about safety in Nis and who will protect them?
- How to engage citizens’ in budgeting the local police?
- What are the pros and cons of the decentralization of the budget for the police?
- Is it enough to influence only the budget for the Ministry of Interior or not?
- How to budget accountably the local needs of the citizens’ and the police?
- Vladimir Erceg, Associate, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy
- Danijel Dašić, Chief Operative Officer, National Coalition for Decentralization
- Nebojša Rančić, Representative, Media & Reform Centre
- Aleksandar Marinković, Strategic Planning Coordinator, Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (TBC)
- Milan Stefanović, Director, Centre for Civil Society Development PROTECTA
Participants in the local debate will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panelists after their presentations.