Chief, Community Policing Project, Kosovo
Focus: Accountable Policing
Topics: Community Policing
Keywords: UN policies, training curriculum, recruitment, oversight agency, media relations, internal management, incentive systems, gangs, external accountability structures, ethnic representation, corruption, community policing
Interviewer(s): Arthur Boutellis
Country of Reform: Kosovo
Location: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe offices, Pristina, Republic of Kosovo
Date: Fri Jul 25 2008
Julie Fleming describes how the International Crime Investigative Training Assistance Program started a pilot community policing program with five U.S. officers working in four municipalities in Kosovo. She gives details about the process of recruitment of community committees and the 12-week training program in Vushtrri; the project brought together young people from different ethnic backgrounds. At the time of the interview, it was present in 20 municipalities. A study showed long-term improvement in terms of freedom of movement, inter-ethnic relations, police-community relations, and other aspects. In her opinion, the main success of the project was that it was community-driven, although it suffered setbacks due to the political events of 2008. She also discusses her views on the successes and failures of community policing in Kosovo.
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Julie Fleming Interview
At the time of this interview, Julie Fleming was chief of the community policing project in Kosovo, working with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the U.S. International Crime Investigative Training Assistance Program. She started working as a police officer in 1985 and worked in California, in Oregon, in the Public Safety Academy, as a consultant in various U.S. states, and finally at the Regional Community Policing Institute (covering six western U.S. states) before coming to Kosovo in 2003 to implement the Community Safety Action Teams program.