The goal of this study trip, organised by the OSCE Mission to Skopje, was to familiarize with the Slovenian Police Service’s approach to Community Policing prevention structures at both a practical and theoretical level and exchange experiences and viewpoints on community policing issues and learn about the processes followed by the Slovenian Police in the transition from its previous system to the current one.
In order to improve the Police and MoIA perception and understanding of international standards and methods of Community Policing, a study trip to a neighboring country of similar standing and background would be beneficial in the development of ideas for the Host Country.
The PDD in cooperation with the Slovenian MoIA, organised a study visit to Slovenia for 8 Heads of the Sector for Internal Affairs and other key senior management of the Ministry to advise them on proactive crime prevention techniques and other best practices. The aim of the visit was to improve decentralized efforts of serving citizens by reviewing the Slovenia Model of Community Policing. During the visit the study group met with counterparts to discuss management of community policing units, exchange experiences and discuss best practices.
The trip involved visits to different regions of the country to study methods at various Police stations, the Police academy, and a meeting with the Mayor of LJUBLJANA to discuss civic and Police cooperation. The visit also looked at alternatives to Police officers in the role of Prevention – namely street Wardens and also the Slovenian Police’s communications and reporting network.
The study visit to Slovenia complements the earlier Prevention Conference held during 12-16 October 2009, when a study visit was organised for a group of 14 MoIA supervisory staff including the heads of the newly created prevention units. The Slovenian police counterparts provided the visitors with an insight into their community policing model and international best practices in this type of policing. The same group of participants previously underwent an intensive five-day management course sponsored by the Mission.
The Heads of Sectors for Internal Affairs, the Head of Prevention Units, and the Assistant Director with the participation of co-location staff of the OSCE discussed the outcomes of the trip on 10th December, 2010 at the Community Policing survey Workshop.
A better understanding of Community Policing principles and techniques by the MoIA and law enforcement officials and a vision of what needs to be achieved by the Host Country in particular in relation to organisational structure, management support for the programme, operations centres and databases.