This article on police corruption was originally published in Sbunker, a Kosovo-based current affairs blog dealing with politics, society, culture and economics.
By Plator Avdiu (KCSS)
The risk of corruption is challenging the Kosovo Police, diluting the functioning of its internal control mechanisms to fight corruption. Allegations of corruption of traffic police and the accusations of the senior police officers’ involvement in the intentional shutdown of investigations in exchange for a significant monetary compensation, are only a few of the cases that have marked 2016 and 2017 in terms of allegations for the police corruption in Kosovo.
While the suspected acts of corruption remain to be investigated by the judiciary bodies in Kosovo, this may have a damaging impact on integrity and good governance of this security institution and to significantly challenge the rule of law within the Kosovo Police.
Accordingly, the police needs to improve and strengthen the internal control mechanisms for the oversight of its personnel activities despite of the ranks that they have within the institution. Actually, internal police control mechanisms have a key role in strengthening integrity, good governance and the rule of law within the police