Judicial Reform and the Empowerment of Victims
Zagreb, 28-29 Nov. 2012
The first Community Policing System for mapping and tracking crime launched
A new digitalized data entry system to enhance police work and partnerships with local communities
The Osjecko-Baranjska County PA employees, together with the UNDP and GISDATA representatives, have demonstrated how CPIS works. With the new digitalized entry of data into a community police archive, the system aims at innovating and modernizing police operations.
"The new CPIS implementation is bound to facilitate the work done by the community police and is supposed to turn the police into a public service for the citizens, since it is them who really provide direct service to the public. The system allows community police to map crime data and perceptions of security allowing for analysis of crime both geographically and temporally. It opens a new dimension of insight into the problem and facilitates the analytical operations. Apart form the usual data on the felonies and misdemeanors, the new system also contains the data on the reported or noticed issues, initiatives and current actions, which considerably facilitates field work. In addition, it is aimed at enhancing the human resources management in terms of providing the police performance evaluation, as it supervises, encourages and directs the community officers and prevention police officers during their activities", states Mr Franjo Lulić, the County Community Police Coordinator.
Senior Adviser and UNDP Human Security Programme Manager, Mr Hans Risser, stressed that the successful collaboration between the UNDP and the Ministry of Interior (MOI) has been going on for several years now. "In 2007, the UNDP and the MOI started working jointly on Safe Communities project by implementing small infrastructural projects aimed at raising public's perception of safety and security in Croatia and though building capacities of the local Crime Prevention Councils. However, during the process of determining the most vulnerable and most crime-prone locations appropriate for future Safe Communities projects, we came across the problem of inadequate publicly accessible tools for crime mapping." Therefore, to improve the police operations and their cooperation with the local communities, the UNDP and Police Representatives agreed to create and pilot a Community Policing Information System (CPIS) in the Police Administration of Osjecko-Baranjska County and its 4 police stations in the cities of Osijek, Našice and Đakovo. "We believe this system will be a powerful tool to assist, not only the police, but also their partners in civil society and the crime prevention councils to increase safety and security in their local communities", concluded Mr. Risser.
So far, the UNDP has invested 1,300,000USD in the Human Security programme, out of which 500,000USD have been allocated into the Ministry of Interior activities. By the year 2011, the UNDP is going to invest further 4,000,000USD through its programmes called Destruction for Development and Millennium Development Goals Fund (MDG-F). The pilot CPIS project is the continuation of the Safer Communities programme, which was implemented through a MOI and UNDP collaboration in 2007, as well as the successful weapons collection campaign entitled "Less weapons, less tragedies", and is in line with the "Destruction for Development" programme document signed by the UNDP and the MOI in 2008.