From 2 to 8 June, the Mission in Kosovo organised four workshops on communication and co-ordination for the members of future Municipal Community Safety Councils (MCSCs) in northern municipalities, along with open-day advocacy workshops with schoolchildren in primary schools of these municipalities. Aiming to strengthen the prospects of establishing MCSCs in the near future and empower individual advocacy capacities of potential MCSCs members, the Mission equipped the participants with advanced knowledge and skills on inter-sectorial communication and co-ordination, as well as on inter-municipal co-operation on community safety improvements.
Formal workshops covered a simulation exercise with hands-on techniques in problem analysis and problem solving, including the practical tools and strategies for improved efficiency of MCSCs. Over 400 schoolchildren, 45 police officers, 15 fire fighters, four primary schools principals, proposed MCSCs coordinators and municipal officials, Kosovo Police station commanders, Local Public Safety Committees (LPSC) chairpersons, representatives of civil society, media, and other interest groups attended the workshops.
Prior to the formal part, public awareness events on community safety were held in the morning in local primary schools, followed by a discussion on security and safety initiatives targeting schoolchildren, women, youth, elderly and the disabled. The nominated future-MCSCs coordinators and the Kosovo Police station commanders co-hosted both informal and formal events, affirming the shared responsibility principle in community policing and community safety.