14 April 2016
On Wednesday, April 13, EULEX organised a panel detailing its ongoing support to Kosovo Police (KP) in the north of Kosovo. The panel took place at the EUs Information and Cultural Center with Nenad Djuric, Commander of KP north Mitrovica, Pascal Scordia, EULEX Chief Regional Advisor, Damjan Potparic, EULEX Regional Advisor, and Ian Bancroft, EULEX Coordinator north, holding speaking roles. EULEXs Communication Officer, Dane Koruga, moderated the event.
The panel addressed EULEXs ongoing support to KP in an effort to bring transparency to its work and engage the north community with its activities, as well as those of KPs north Directorate. Among key support activities discussed, in line with EULEXs mission implementation plan, were the introduction of intelligence led policing into KPs repertoire, the benefits of community policing in tackling misdemeanor and petty crimes, and how the public can more effectively engage with KP to keep their communities secure.
Nenad Djuric and EULEXs Regional Advisors also discussed collaboration between KP north and KP south in the municipality of Mitrovica. Commander Djuric noted that, despite prevalent public perception, the two stations have long enjoyed effective collaboration. Scordia and Potparic highlighted some recent endeavors aimed at strengthening their joint activities, including a Joint Crowd and Riot Control training and activities preparing them to coordinate on events encompassing both stations. Ian Bancroft touched on the issue of judicial integration, emphasizing that recruitment of local judges and prosecutors will streamline the process of law enforcement and judicial proceedings.
EULEX will continue its collaboration with KP and further its endeavors to elaborate on its joint work to the north community, as well as engage the local population in keeping their communities safe.