Policy brief: “Towards accountable police in the Republic of North Macedonia”

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According to the results of the public opinion poll, the percentage of citizens (1.7%) who needed to file a complaint to the Internal Control of the Police is low. Of those who reported to the Internal Control, 2/3 think that it does not contribute to reducing corruption and unprofessionalism in the organization. In general, this finding should be considered only as an indicator, given the small statistical mass, and as a basis for broader generalizations. During the discussions with the citizens their opinions and views were fully covered and, unlike the interviews with the police officers, this diverse group of citizens openly discussed and analyzed the work of the police in their local communities, specifically focusing on transparency, inclusive decision-making, the concept of “community policing”, police accountability and its effectiveness in local communities.

The project “Towards a transparent, accountable and inclusive policing in the Republic of North Macedonia” is implemented in order to contribute towards improved policing and increased trust in the Police of the Republic of North Macedonia. The goal of the project is intended to be achieved by assessing the levels of accountability, transparency and inclusive decision-making in the work of the police on a national level. Furthermore, the
ultimate goal of this one-year intervention is to promote dialogue between the police, media and civil society organizations at the local level, with the aim of contributing towards fostering public debate for obtaining higher security standards in the Macedonian society

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