PODGORICA – Citizens readiness to report police corruption cases is declining for 14% according to the public opinion poll conducted for the third year in a row.

Citizens trust the police but consider it to be significantly corrupted, it was concluded at the presentations of citizens’ perceptions of police in Podgorica on 14 of September 2017.

Trust in the police is stable and that a growth was noted from 58% to 66%, since 2015 when the first research was conducted. However, the number of citizens who believe that the police least serves their interest also declined from 62% in 2015 to 40% in 2017, said public policy researcher from Institute Alternative Milena Milošević.

The second issue which Milošević emphasized refers to the fact that the citizens simultaneously consider the corruption to be significantly present within the police, which contradicts the relatively high level of trust in this institution.

“More than half of citizens (57%) consider the corruption in police to be present to some or highest extent“, Milošević highlighted.

The citizens also note politicization and nepotism when it comes to recruitment in the police: they think that recruitment rarely occurs via regular public vacancy announcements (43%) and more often via friend and family connections (51%) or via political connections (44%).

“The citizens of Montenegro are still not ready to report police corruption cases“, Milošević added, by which, according to her, Montenegro confirmed its spot among those countries where corruption reporting is least socially acceptable.

Within the three-years timespan, a trend of decline is noted – from 48% of citizens who stated they would not report a police corruption case if they had to provide personal information, to 62% of citizens who declared the same in 2017.

Public policy researcher from Institute Alternative Dina Bajramspahić emphasized that the citizens’ perception, their subjective opinion of the police, is affected by different factors.

“This is why Institute Alternative will prepare a comprehensive study by the end of the year, which will deal with this issue using qualitative research in order to analyze to what extent the police resist the illegal and unethical conduct of police officers”, said Bajramspahić.

The conclusion was that the Police Administration, the Ministry of Interior and the Agency for Prevention of Corruption should conduct a comprehensive campaign to promote reporting of police corruption cases.

Institute Alternative considers that the current recruitment reform in the police, conducted by the Ministry of the interior, should deal with the issues of politicization and nepotism and secure a more widespread discussion on organization and promotion of public vacancy announcements as the main way to get recruited by the police.

The survey was conducted in June and July 2017 on the representative sample of 6,000 respondents in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, within the regional poll conducted by the POINTPULSE, with the field work conducted by IPSOS Adria.

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