Community Policing

Project completed

To better solve today’s security problems, the police needs to increasingly cooperate with other public and private organizations such as NGOs. This pilot project introduces the concept of community policing in four Hungarian cities to lay the foundation of a country-wide implementation. Goal is to improve the security situation by bringing the police closer to the population.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Hungary
Enhanced security and safety
Combating corruption and organised crime
01.06.2012 - 30.11.2015
CHF 2'000'000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Background

According to the Director of the Hungarian National Bureau of Investigation, background and base of the project is mainly the criminality situation (especially regarding smaller property offences) in some rural and rather poor areas. This can lead to overreaction of victims against certain minorities who are suspected of being the source of potential actors. That’s why the regions chosen for community police (CP) pilot projects are underprivileged rural areas. At the beginning, the project will focus on their respective principal towns, namely Miskolic, Nyiregyhaza, Szeged and Zalaegerszeg; two of them in focus areas under the Swiss Contribution.

 

Objectives

The goal is to increase the sense of security of the citizens and the trust between population and police. In order to reach this goal, proactive and problem-oriented working methods are introduced and different forms of security oriented cooperation between police and civil society are developed. Additionally, the necessary legal basis for anchoring of the community police concept and working methods in the whole country are prepared.

Target groups

Police personnel / management, involved civil society (like NGOs, interest groups), citizens.

Activities

Under supervision and guidance of the Ministry of Interior, community police pilot projects are carried out in the cities Miskolc, Nyiregyhaza, Szeged and Zalaegerszeg. Chosen police officers will be trained in new, proactive and problem-oriented working methods before applying them in practice. Analysis and evaluation of the pilot experiences shall furthermore create the basis for a later country-wide implementation.

Results

Achieved results:  

  • Manual on the introduction of CP elaborated, training materials developped and training of  CP-trainers 
  • Trainings of 886 CPO (Community Police Officers)
  • Pilot system rolled out and completed in 4 cities
  • 4 Study trips to Switzerland of CP and local political leaders
  • Public feedback survey carried out 

 


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   2'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   772'394
Project phases

Phase 1 01.06.2012 - 30.11.2015   (Completed)