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Bulgaria: New Conditions for Police Work

(Aug. 29, 2008) On August 25, 2008, the Interior Minister of Bulgaria, which has recently been admitted into the European Union, announced a number of police reforms aimed at fighting the notorious corruption and inefficiency of the nation's police force. In addition to providing better technical equipment for police officers, including new computers and cars, […]

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Police Reform Adopted

(May 2, 2008) On April 10, 2008, the Parliament of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted two laws on police reform, which regulate the independence and supervision of the Bosnian police force and provide for coordination between local police bodies and federal police support agencies. Adoption of the laws is a requirement established by […]

European Union: Europol Will Attain New Status by 2010

(May 2, 2008) On April 18, 2008, after protracted negotiations, the Council of the European Union approved a decision to upgrade the status of the European Police Office (Europol), located in The Hague, to an EU Agency, as of January 1, 2010. The decision is designed to achieve two objectives: a) to replace the Europol […]

France: Protection Against Police Abuses and Video Surveillance

(May 2, 2008) France's National Commission on Ethics and Security (Commission Nationale de Déontologie de la Sécurité), an independent administrative authority that has the power to investigate cases of abuses by police officers and others in charge of public security, released its annual activities report to the President of the Republic on April 8, 2008. […]

Ireland: Proposal to Arm Police Stirs Debate

(Apr. 2, 2008) In Ireland, uniformed members of the national police force, the Garda Siochana, have traditionally not carried firearms. In emergency situations, special plainclothes officers who have been issued firearms have been called to the scene. However, recent increases in the overall level of violence and several well-publicized incidents of shootings at police officers […]