KSB Special Edition - Corruption, Rule of Law and Police Integrity in Kosovo

Published by:

Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS)

Title:

Kosovo Security Barometer Special Edition -

CORRUPTION, RULE OF LAW AND POLICE INTEGRITY IN KOSOVO

Author:

Plator Avdiu

Date:

26tth of March 2019

This special edition of Kosovo Security Barometer presents deconstruction on Kosovo’s public perception on corruption, rule of law and police integrity. This report provides a comprehensive and detailed data interpretation concerning perception of the public opinion based on a pre-defined set of questions on the issue at hand.

In this regard, this report elaborates the 2018’ Kosovo Security Barometer respondents’ perception towards trust,  direct contacts and the presence of corruption in the following targeted institutions: Courts, Prosecution, Kosovo Police, and Municipalities. Thus, the report has measured public perceptions on the targeted institutions with the aim to analysing the most relevant issues challenging the rule of law and integrity of justice, security and municipal institutions in Kosovo.

This report consists of three sections:

The first section introduces the level of trust expressed by respondents on the relevant institutions (justice, security and municipal institutions), as well as the direct contact of the surveyed respondents with these institutions during 2018. Similar to previous years, security institutions are leading when it comes to public trust when compared to other institutions analysed in this special edition.

The second section of the report interprets key security threats and risks in Kosovo. Given that corruption has been ranked as the highest problem to Kosovo’s national security, this section is focused on views of respondents towards corruption in the relevant institutions. Apart from general interpretation of data on corruption in Courts, Prosecution, Kosovo Police and Municipalities, the report offers cross-tabulated data analysis based on regions, rural/urban areas, gender balance, and ethnic composition of respondents for all targeted institutions.

While, the third or final section of the report provides a detailed interpretation of open-ended and closed-ended questions of the 2018 survey of Kosovo Security Barometer on main issues harming police integrity in Kosovo. Accordingly, results presenting opinions of respondents on corruption within sectors of the Kosovo Police mirror a better understanding on what are the most and the least corrupted police sectors in Kosovo. Furthermore, data analysis through cross-tabulated results (based on regions, areas, gender balance, and ethnic background) provides an exhaustive elaboration of respondents’ attitudes towards police corruption in Kosovo.

Given that the Kosovo Security Barometer’s survey was conducted in the second half of 2018 (September-October 2018), thus it does not reflect some of the developments that have occurred from November 2018 to March 2019.

This report is published in the framework of the Kosovo Security Barometer Programe.  Perceptions presented in this report are a summary of information gathered from respondents and it solely demonstrates how people perceive institutions. It is no way a conclusive assessment on the quality of the work of institutions subject to this study. It shall serve as an instrument to them toward addressing potential shortcomings, but also an indicator of the effectiveness of their communication with the people.

The views presented in this report are perceptions of the respondents and do not necessarily represent the views of Kosovar Centre for Security Studies. Opinions expressed in this report do not necessarily represent the views of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).