Policy Brief “Transparency in the Work of the Police in the Republic of North Macedonia”

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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 a 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.

According to the results of the public opinion survey, the percentage of citizens who believe that the police are transparent in their work corresponds to the percentage of citizens who expressed confidence in the police as an institution. One out of five respondents have confidence in the police as an
institution, that is, they are convinced that the police are transparent in their work. This shows the correlation that exists between the perception of transparency and trust in this institution. During discussions with citizens, their opinions and views were fully captured and, unlike interviews
with police officers, this diverse group of citizens openly discussed and analyzed the work of the police in their local communities, specifically focusing on transparency, inclusiveness in policy making decisions, the concept of “community policing”, police accountability and its effectiveness in local communities

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