Perspectives for the Development of International Police Cooperation in Southeastern Europe

Rajkovchevski, Rade (2011) Perspectives for the Development of International Police Cooperation in Southeastern Europe. In: Archibald Reiss Days, International Scientific Conference Proceedings. Academy of Criminalistics and Police Studies, Belgrade, Serbia, pp. 823-834. ISBN 978-86-7020-189-7

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Despite the existing opportunities offered by international police organizations, the recent efforts of European countries are aimed at upgrading and improvement of police cooperation. Because states individually do not have enough capacity to effectively deal with crime, the association of police is an adequate response in dealing with domestic and international crime. To this purpose many of the states are more actively involved in regional security initiatives and international police cooperation. According to the objectives that arise from dealing with crime, the bases for regional cooperation are specific to certain forms of crime that go beyond national borders. In the Balkans, the characteristics of the social changes that occurred in the last two decades were the products of the disintegration of former Yugoslavia related to the escalated armed conflicts and increased ethnic tensions, transformation of ownership that permitted the development of high occurrence of corruption and organized crime, national police and other law enforcement institutions are still adapting to the changes slowly, poor border control facilitates the development of human trafficking, trade with drugs, radioactive materials, and illegal weapons. Regarding the fact that the countries of South East Europe share many similarities, they actively expressed their commitment to fight against crime. After the conflicts in the region, police structures had asserted that they were the most competent to overcome the security challenges on which the issues of crime dominated. Faced with the professional approaches of the national polices in solving their tasks, the states’ issues related to national sovereignty and the barriers to cooperation that as a basis have unresolved bilateral disputes among the countries were interposed. Through the comparative method and the method of content analysis, the paper makes an overview of current problems which are still an active obstacle for effective regional and international police cooperation. At the same time, it is an attempt to identify the future directions that should be an integral part of regional police cooperation.

Keywords: police, cooperation, security, crime, perspectives, obstacles.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Political science
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Security
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Rade Rajkovchevski
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2022 20:40
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2022 12:10

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