Three thematic workshops were held on transparency and accountability of mechanisms for control over the work of the police
On June 20, 21 and 27, Eurothink held three thematic workshops for improving transparency and accountability in the work of the police. The three workshops brought together representatives of the internal and external mechanisms for control over the work of the police in order to discuss ways to improve the visibility of the work of these bodies, increase the confidence of citizens in their work, improve their accountability and better accessibility for citizens.
The focus of the first two workshops was the transparency and accountability of the Department for Internal Control, Criminal Investigations and Professional Standards, the Ombudsman – Civil Control Mechanism, and the specialized Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office for prosecuting organized crime. With the participation of representatives from these three bodies and the respective persons responsible for public relations, recommendations for improving the visibility and impact of the control mechanisms related to the work of the police were discussed.
At the third workshop with the participation of representatives from the Department of Public Relations and Strategic Affairs at the Ministry of the Interior and spokespeople from the offices of the Departments of Internal Affairs, ways to improve communications regarding community-related issues and to encourage greater community involvement were discussed. The workshops were also attended by representatives from the Council of Europe and ICITAP.
With the active participation of all present, as a result, recommendations were compiled for improving the visibility and impact of the control mechanisms related to the work of the police, and a draft set of indicators was developed for monitoring the transparency and accountability of the work of the police. Also discussed was the content of an info package for citizens that will be produced within the framework of the project, and which will be primarily focused on informing and educating about the role and work of the Internal Control Department in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The block discussions in all three workshops were moderated by Biljana Bejkova.
Valuable presentations were given at the workshops by speakers with many years of experience in areas related to the work of the police. Within the framework of the workshop, “Control over the work of the police”, which was held on June 20, Toni Jakimovski spoke about the work of Internal Control in the Ministry of the Interior as a mechanism for the work of the police, while in the second block Trpe Stojanovski held a presentation on the Ombudsman + as an independent a mechanism for controlling the work of the police. Prof. Prof. Nikola Dujovski, entitled “Relations between the police and the public”, and prof. Marina Tuneva who spoke about “Transparency and active communication of the police”.
The workshops were organized within the project “Improving transparency and accountability in the work of the police” and aimed to encourage discussion and find ways to improve transparency and accountability.
The project supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) aims, by supporting the process of cooperation between the police, media and local communities, to encourage existing and develop new good practices and effective mechanisms for greater accountability of the police. Within the framework of the project, work is being done to improve the transparency of police work in the community by encouraging innovative communications with the public and better cooperation with the media.