Administrative Assistant, Office of the Police Commissioner, United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
Focus: Accountable Policing
Topics: Integration and Amalgamation
Keywords: depoliticization, donor relations, ethnic representation, incentive systems, integration and amalgamation, language, pre-deployment training, promotion system, recruitment, rural policing, UN policies
Interviewer(s): Arthur Boutellis
Country of Reform: Kosovo
Location: Kosovo Police Headquarters, Pristina, Republic of Kosovo
Date: Thu Jul 24 2008
Faton Hamiti describes how the police station in Kosovo where he worked as a language assistant moved from being predominantly staffed by U.N. Police officers to having mostly Kosovo Police Service officers. He explains that the first members of UNPOL to arrive in 1999 were well accepted, but they later encountered difficulties due to political issues, lack of cooperation from the population and differences in police techniques among the international officers that were training the KPS. He explains in detail the complex process of transferring power and responsibility from the UNPOL to the KPS, and how the complicated status of Kosovo reflected on policing. He also gives many accounts of his experience while patrolling with the police.
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Faton Hamiti Interview
At the time of this interview, Faton Hamiti was the administrative assistant in the Office of the Police Commissioner of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. He initially worked as a journalist in a daily newspaper in Kosovo before the war and then became a language assistant with UNMIK, first with a U.N. Police patrol and later at the police-station level. In 2006 he started working with the deputy police commissioner for operations, and in 2008 he was assigned as personnel/administrative assistant to the police commissioner.