International Security Adviser, National Security Council, Republic of Georgia
External Accountability, Recruitment, Training
community policing, complaint collection, corruption, external accountability, integration and amalgamation, internal management, local police training, promotion systems, recruitment, reform sequencing, rural policing, training curriculum, vetting
Wed Apr 29 2009
Eka Tkeshelashvili describes police reforms in Georgia. Shortly after it assumed power, the reform government fired the entire traffic police force because of rampant corruption. Few serious consequences flowed from this decision, though some of those discharged may have joined criminal groups. She says that the high level of organized crime and paramilitary activity that afflicted Georgia in the early 1990s was more or less under control. In rebuilding the police force, she says, the government recruited candidates with the proper credentials and training, and pay levels were increased significantly. The Police Academy was equipped with more up-to-date facilities and curricula. Prison facilities were reformed and human rights for prisoners gained improved protection. Police management was decentralized. External oversight of police activity and of the prisons was improved, and the public was given new ways to report and comment on police performance.
At the time of this interview, Eka Tkeshelashvili was the international security adviser to Georgia's National Security Council. For the last half of 2008, she served as Georgia’s foreign minister. Earlier that year, she was prosecutor general. In 2006 and 2007, she headed the Tbilisi Court of Appeals. In 2007, she was minister of justice. She first joined the government in 2005 and served as deputy minister of interior. She graduated from the Faculty of International Law and International Relations at Tbilisi State University in 1999.