Researching police corruption

Our researchers, Dina Bajramspahić and Marko Sošić, participated in the regional training course on researching police corruption.

The workshops are specifically designed to improve the capacity of civil society organizations dealing with security issues in the region of Southeast Europe.

Nine sessions of the first workshop dealt with “Theory and practice of researching police corruption”. “Methodological approaches to researching police corruption” were the topic of the other seven sessions.

Some of the issues covered during the workshops included:

  • Preventing corruption in the police (anti-corruption approaches and strategies) – Belgian model.
  • The causes of corruption as a basis for the formulation of anti-corruption measures.
  • Police anti-corruption institutions – the organization and modus operandi
    Instruments to fight corruption in the police
  • Auditing and monitoring of professional standards in the police
  • Evaluation of anti-corruption policies and institutions: Impact Assessment
  • Representing the need for reforms – the role of civil society organizations, international organizations – particularly the EU, the media and citizens to fight corruption
  • Definitions and typologies of research on corruption in the police
  • Psychosocial and cultural and systemic explanations of police corruption
  • Research approaches – statistical survey design, conduct specialized, international / comparative research, focus groups, interviews.
  • Access to information in the possession of the police.

Workshops were held in Belgrade from 14 to 16 April, organized by the Center for Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) from Geneva, and hosted by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP). The training will be continued – the third workshop will be held on 13-14 June this year in Sofia (Bulgaria), and will be hosted by the Center for the Study of Democracy.

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