On 10 December the Mission, together with the regional civil society network POINTPULSE, supported the organization of a regional conference on promoting police integrity in the Western Balkans. The purpose of the conference was to contribute to the discussion on ways to bring the police closer to citizens.
Topics comprised police reform in the context of European integration and regional co-operation, the role of police internal control in supporting police integrity, and community policing. CSOs identified common issues in the region that relate to internal control, human resources management, as well as lack of police operational independence from political structures.
Some sixty participants, including representatives from the police services of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia took part in the event. Representatives from Kosovo Police were also present at the event. This activity is part of the Mission’s wider efforts to support a more effective and accountable relationship between the community and the police service through the implementation of the community policing concept.