Security Situation Challenges and Priorities in Municipalities
On Wednesday 19 March 2014, UNDP Kosovo Small Arms Control (KOSSAC) project in close cooperation with Kosovo Police- Directorate of Community Policing and Prevention organized a roundtable “Security Situation in Municipalities of Pejë/Peć, Istog/Istok and Klina- challenges and priorities, as an activity of the Project Freedom from Fear – Enhancing Community Safety in Kosovo which will be implemented during this year.
The overall aim of this project is to provide crosscutting support to civil society, local government and the Kosovo security sector to collaboratively enhance peace, safety and security at the community level in Kosovo, focusing in particular on minorities, returnees, youth and women, and increase national ownership towards security sector reform.
During this meeting KOSSAC staff presented the initial results of the Baseline Assessment “Fear of Crime and Victimization Study” in order to get the feedback from Kosovo Police representatives present in the meeting from different sectors of the Police Stations in three target municipalities. Furthermore KOSSAC tried to identify the possible challenges that could be addressed by the Project activities in increasing the community safety with the aim to ffacilitate the synchronization between the local operational plans of the Kosovo Police and the Community Safety Plans.
The Fear of Crime and Victimization Study is part of the planned support to be provided by the project in order to map out hotspots and the nature and causes of violence, tensions and insecurity which need to be addressed and which provide key indicators related to physical security, perceptions of security and trust in or efficiency in institution which are providing security or can contribute to it in the selected municipalities. The survey provides data that can be matched with contextual information and was validated by qualitative information that was gathered through Focus Group Discussions and the public security institutions. In this context, the outputs of the study provide for a solid foundation of developing broad and relevant baseline data about environmental and social factors influencing violence, crime and suggest appropriate interventions for the municipalities of Klina, Istog/Istok and Pejë/Peć.