The Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior
COMMUNITY POLICING – HISTORY

AIMS OF COMMUNITY POLICING

• Improving the quality of life

• Improving the security situation, reducing crime

• Increasing and improving both subjective and objective sense of security

• Establishing stronger connections with citizens in all social segments by cherishing cooperation which contributes to strengthening trust

• Knowing and respecting the needs of citizens

• Finding long-term solutions

• Solving local security issues

THE INITIAL PILOT PROJECTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA

• The initial activities in the field of community policing were initiated in 2002 in cooperation with the members of IPTF, and experience exchange with police agencies from the developed countries of the world, cooperation with numerous international organizations, changes in the countries of the region and membership in various associations, contributed to the concretization of the starting initiatives.

• The pilot project 'Community policing and security in a community' in the municipality of Prijedor was realized in cooperation with British Department for international development (DFID) from October 2003 to December 2005

• In 2004, EUPM started implementing several projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and two of them were the so-called 5.5 and 5.4, that is ‘Community policing’ and ‘Strengthening the capacities of the local police in terms of the returnees’ security’, whose pilot-phase ended at the end of 2005

INTENSIFICATION OF WORK AND CONTINUATION OF COOPERATION WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

• In the beginning of 2007 the cooperation with Swiss Agency for development and cooperation started. Together, they realized various educational activities (seminars and workshops). Experiences were exchanged and three study visits to Switzerland were organized. Several prevention campaigns were conducted, and the field of community policing has become a regular subject at the Higher School of the Interior and College of the Interior in Banjaluka. The Rulebook on community policing for Bosnia and Herzegovina was made and receiving rooms in four police buildings of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska were renovated.

• At the initiative of the British Agency ‘Safeworld’ and the Centre for Security Studies in Sarajevo, a draft of the Rulebook on partnership between the police and community

• In cooperation with UNDP, the project ‘Safe communities’ is being implemented, and as pilot municipalities from the Republic of Srpska, the municipalities of Prijedor, Višegrad and Bratunac were chosen.

• Within cooperation with SEPCA (Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association), the representatives of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska participated in the realization of all the activities of the working group for community policing.

INDEPENDENT PROJECTS

• Police work in multiethnic communities

• Local forums for citizens’ safety

• School police officer

• Doors open days