Closure of our project Further Institution and Capacity Building of the Police Service in the Area of Border Management, Community Policing and Fight against Organized Crime in Macedonia
“Further Institution and Capacity Building of the Police Service in the Area of Border Management, Community Policing and Fight against Organized Crime” is a project funded by the European Union and implemented by B&S Europe Consortium in the period between December 2014 and November 2016, in close partnership with the Beneficiary - the Ministry of Interior. The total fund for implementation of project’s activities was set to EUR 1.700.000.
The project was consisted of four main components focused on providing strategic support to the Ministry of Interior and the Public Security Bureau with regards to increasing the operational efficiency of the Border Police; strengthening the capacities of the Suppression of Organized and Serious Crime Department for secure and efficient handling of classified information and fight against organized crime, including financial and cyber-crime; developing skills for the uniformed police officers for efficient and effective daily policing, as well as developing anti-corruption standards within different police branches in the Ministry of interior.
The detailed list of results and outputs per component is as following:
Component 1: Strengthening the Operational Capacities of the Border Police
The project provided direct advisory support to the Border Police with an aim to increase their capacities for effective and efficient fight against different types of cross-border crime. The curricula developed and thetrainings delivered had a goal to enable Border Police officers detect and investigate such kinds of criminal behavior. In addition to this, the following key outputs were delivered:
• Needs Assessment Report and Anticorruption Program for Border Police was expanded to also include Suppression of Organized and Serious Crime Department (SOSCD), Traffic Police and the Police of General Competency;
• New Risk Management Concept (NRMC) and Methodology for implementation of NRMC was developed along with full and detailed Needs Assessment regarding the number of police stations, optimal number of police officers and equipment;
• Recommendation and Methodology for efficient exchange of information and cooperation between Border Police and other organizational units within the MoI, as well as with other law enforcement agencies involved in the Integrated Border Management;
• Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were established for: Contingency planning, Cooperation agreement, Early warning system, Monitoring changes in accordance with EU acquis, Permanent body of experts, Protocol on organizing and holding regular meetings, Protocol referring Permanent body of experts, and Table of common general training.
Component 2: Development of the Capacities of the Suppression of Organized and Serious Crime Department (SOSCD)
Main objective under this project’s component was to help improve the capacities of the SOSCD for organized crime threat assessment, develop standards and procedures for overall safety of the information and data being used, created and processed in the Suppression of Organized and Serious Crime Department (SOSCD). To achieve this goals, besides the series of training organized, the project team together with the international experts involved has delivered the following:
• Methodology for drafting Serious and Organized Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA), curriculum and a standard operation procedure for SOCTA
• Recommendation for recruitment of staff in the SOSCD was expanded to cover the entire Public Security Bureau
• Assessment and recommendations concerning the legal framework which regulates administrative, physical and IT safety of the classified information
• Efficient and secure flow and exchange of classified information in real time among the central, regional and local level was established
• New Methodology and standard operating procedure for managing archived classified information.
Component 3: Enhancing the Capacities in the Fight against Financial and Cyber-Crime
To help the Sector for Cybercrime and Digital Forensics at the Public Security Bureau cope with the ever evolving forms of cybercrime, that have emerged as a serious threat to individuals, businesses, and even national security, the project team undertook the following actions:
• Training needs assessment and curricula on investigative techniques for cyber-crime, financial investigation, money laundering, abuse of EU funds etc.
• Methodology for conducting investigations in the area of cyber-crime and securing of electronic evidence
• Establishment of Online Registration System for cyber-crime criminal acts and inappropriate contents on the internet
• Gap analysis and recommendation for improvement of the functioning of the Counterfeit Currency Central Office and the established data base, along with Methodologies (SOPs) for better efficiency, as well as cooperation with other respective agencies
• Gap analysis and assessment of the overall MoI system for financial investigation and recommendations for improvement.
Component 4: Strengthening the Capacity of the Uniformed Police of General Competencies
One of the most important activities within the FICB PS project was the analysis of the existing strategies in the area of home affairs and preparation of new Police Development Strategy and Action Plan, which would have to be achieved by the Public Security Bureau in the next 5 years. The Strategy, as mentioned above, is fostering Community Policing and Intelligence-led policing with special focus on problem solving approach.
• In frames of this component, a significant number of trainings were conducted, along with curricula prepared in the areas of: operational planning, management and leadership styles; maintaining public peace and order; domestic violence; community policing, insight in traffic accidents and vehicle control in traffic.
• Standard operating procedures were developed for: performing insight in traffic accidents, forceful stopping of vehicles using “Stinger” spike system, and the use of “Provida” video recording system.
• Instead of the originally planned one study visit, following Beneficiary’s request, additional three study visits were organized related to: police structural organization, forensic laboratories and investigations, and merit based career system and recruitment of stuff.
Besides the three key experts in charge of overall project’s implementation, a total of 59 short-term experts, both national and international, provided specific expertise tailored to the domestic context and conditions, thus contributing to successful achievement of the planned results.
We would like to thank our team, experts, partners, support staff & all the stakeholders for the success of this project.