Swedish Support to the Ministry of Interior/Albanian State Police on Community Policing (September – October 2014)
Measure the level of satisfaction with the work of the Albanian State Police
The impact of the activity of State Police on everyday life of Albanian citizens
Fairness/impartiality of treatment from the State Police
Performance in crime prevention
Transparency and accountability
Willingness of citizens in cooperating with the State Police
This study was conducted by IDRA in September-October 2014 with the collaboration of SACP Programme (Swedish Support to the Ministry of Interior (MoI) / Albanian State Police (ASP) on Community Policing)
Similarly, IDRA conducted the same study in August-September 2013
The results of this study are weighted in order to represent the overall population (National Representative)
Also, comparative results with other EU countries (ESS – European Social Survey) are shown in this report
VICTIMIZATION AND THE SENSE OF SAFETY
During this wave of Police Satisfaction Study respondents were asked whether they or their relatives have been victims of burglary or violence in the past 5 years. From the data it can be gathered that 11% of respondents (same as previous wave) have been victims of such crimes. Taking into consideration the European Social Survey (ESS), which compares results for most European countries, for this dimension Albania has not seen any change in its ranking and is positioned below the European average result (16%).
AWARENESS ABOUT VARIOUS LAW VIOLATIONS
Respondents were asked whether they consider right or wrong to perform actions such as to make an exaggerated/false insurance claim, to buy something that is stolen or to cross a red light in traffic. From the data it can be observed that in general there is a increase in the awareness of respondents regarding the carrying out of such actions.
STATE POLICE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
When asked whether the State Police has the authority to undertake different actions, it can be noticed an increase in the level of respondents that believe that it is the duty of State Police to intervene in various situations. It can be deduced that the rise in perception might be the effect of the latest interventions the State Police has performed during the last 12 months.
EVALUATION OF THE STATE POLICE AND ITS TREATMENT OF DIFFERENT SOCIAL GROUPS
When asked about the quality of State Police’s work, it can be noticed a significant increase from the last wave of in respondents who believe that State Police is doing a good job. About 3 in 4 respondents (73%) declare that State Police is currently doing a good job, compared to only 36% from the previous wave.
ATTITUDE IN RELATION TO STATE POLICE’S ACTIONS
The 2014 results show a higher level of awareness related to the citizen’s support in regard to State Police actions, even in the cases where the citizens did not agree with them. Supporting State Police actions is also seen as a duty by most of citizens, scoring 14 points more compared to 2013 (on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 is “Not at all my duty” and 100 is “Completely my duty”)