OSCE Assessment of the Law Enforcement Development Programme, Kosovo

30/01/2015 - 30/06/2015

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OMiK (OSCE Mission in Kosovo), among the OSCE's largest field operations, forms a distinct component of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). It is mandated with institution and democracy-building, including the promotion of human rights and respect for the rule of law. In 1999, the OSCE was mandated with training the new police service that was to uphold human rights and democratic policing principles. To do so, the Mission’s Department of Police Education and Development (DPED) created an institution – the Kosovo Police Service School – that in 2006 evolved into the Kosovo Centre for Public Safety Education and Development (KCPSED) and in 2011 into the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety (KAPS).

In order to better reflect the broader context of its programmes with justice, safety and security sector development, the DPED itself became the Department for Security and Public Safety (DSPS) in 2006. The DSPS experi­enced an acute reduction in its personnel figures, dropping from 30 international mission members and 57 local staff in January 2007 to 19 inter­na­tional and 36 local staff in December 2007. At the same time, the KCPSED was fully staffed by Kosovo/UNMIK civil servants and the transfer of the KCPSED to Kosovo/UNMIK's provisional authorities was completed. Having been renamed as the Department for Public Safety (DPS) in 2008, the name was once again changed in 2009, officially becoming the DSPS.

A core objective of the OSCE's Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU) is to support the organization's Field Operations in their police-related activities, as well as to accumulate information and guidance to be used in preparation for, and planning of, future police-related activities. According to the OSCE Strategic Framework for Police-related Activities, the sharing of best policing practices among the organization's participating States is a key element of its police-related activities. The gathering, evaluation, and sharing of this information takes place at the request of participating States and with their consensus.

The OSCE’s Law Enforcement Development Programmes in South-Eastern Europe, which started 1998 in Croatia, are the longest running police-related activities of the OSCE in any of the organization's geographical regions. These Programmes offer a wealth of invaluable information and lessons, which should be recorded not only to preserve the institutional memory of the OSCE, but also to use the identified good practices in the planning of police development programmes in other OSCE regions in the future.

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Mandate outputs / products

The expected results from the assessment mission are the following:

  • Based on the Assessment Report, the OMIK’s Department for Security and Public Safety (DSPS) will have a clearer understanding of how it has met its objectives;
  • Based on the identified lessons learned and related recommendations, the DSPS will be better positioned to steer the future planning and implementation of their remaining programmatic activities;
  • Based on the identified level of achievements and their prospects for sustainability, OMIK will define the necessary adjustments of the police assistance programme to any changing needs of the host State;   


The OSCE SPMU, a part of the OSCE Transnational Threats Department (TNTD), will enhance its capacity to further develop its internal assessment methodology.

Outcome objectives of mandate

The specific objectives of the mandate are to answer the following key questions:

  • To what extent has the DSPS met its objectives and which elements of the mandate remain to be fully implemented?
  • What have been the lessons learned with regard to the planning and implementation of the DSPS’s programmatic activities?
  • Is there a need to modify the structure and programmatic activities of the DSPS in order to fully meet the outstanding mandate objectives? 

Outcome objectives : OSCE SPMU unit approaches evaluations through a more comprehensive and balanced assessment methodology. In addition, the OSCE programming in Kosovo enhances its programming and support through application of lessons learned.

Primary beneficiaries and target audience of the mandate:

  • OSCE Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU)
  • OMIK’s Department for Security and Public Safety

Secondary beneficiaries and audience:

Kosovar authorities.

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Specific Lessons Identified