The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Bratislav Gašić is in Slovenia today where he will meet with the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia mag. Tatjana Bobnar. They will discuss current issues in the field of internal affairs and strengthen bilateral cooperation as well as cooperation in the region. For 14 years, the Ministries have been cooperating within the framework of the Republic of Slovenia’s international development assistance, through which Slovenia has been providing assistance to Serbia in achieving the criteria for joining the EU.
One of the more visible projects in the field of development assistance is the strengthening of patrol management efficiency, which has been running since 2019. In the framework of the project, the Slovenian police provide assistance to the Serbian police in implementing a system for more efficient and coordinated work of police officers in the field, for their faster response to people in need, and for better responsiveness to the prevention of illegal migration. The system also contributes to the greater safety of police officers on duty and the overall safety of Serbian citizens. The goal of the project is a joint and coordinated fight against organized crime, prevention of illegal migration and timely assistance to citizens.
During the migrant crisis, the need for better border control and better containment of illegal migration appeared in the border area. At the time, the Serbian police did not yet have a system in place for the efficient management of patrols. The new system is a combination of Slovenian knowledge and experience as well as modern information and communication technology compliant with European standards and designed according to the needs of Serbian police officers. For the implementation of the system, the already existing Serbian resources have been used.
After the successful pilot project (2019-2020), the second phase of the project took place in the period 2021-2022. During this time, the system was successfully implemented in 98 organizational units of the Serbian police, in 14 out of 27 police directorates and in 5 out of 6 regional border police centres.
The new system provides a better insight into which patrols are available at what time, making their work more efficient. The system, at the same time, enables analysis of past work and better planning for future work. The quality of police work is measured as the time required for police to arrive to the location and take action from the time the call to the police was made. To shorten the response time of police units and for the action to be taken as flawlessly and as correctly as possible, it is extremely important for police units to have sufficient, good, fast, and accurate information on the ground when taking action.
The project period 2021-2022 is coming to an end. The last activity took place between 23 and 25 November in Kragujevac, where the final workshops were held. In Kragujevac, 94 leading representatives of the organizational units of the Serbian police using the new patrol management system gathered. The event was also attended by Slovenian colleagues who helped in developing and implementing the system. Igor Ciperle, deputy general director of the Police of the Republic of Slovenia, participated as a distinguished guest. As a sign of gratitude for all the help and cooperation in strengthening friendly ties between two important state institutions, he received a plaque from the Directorate of the Police of the Republic of Serbia.
The event ended with a ceremonial handover of a donation of computer equipment, received by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia as part of the ‘Strengthening of Patrol Management Capacities project’, financed by the International Development Cooperation Program of the Republic of Slovenia 2021-2022.
The results of cooperation in the field of strengthening patrol management capacity have so far been extremely good. It is vital to continue with the work and include all police directorates in the system and implement activities to permanently preserve the achieved results.
The project Building capacities for management of patrols is part of the program activities of international development cooperation, financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and the Police of the Republic of Slovenia.
Centre for European Perspective