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Kosovo: ICITAP Addresses 54th Graduating Class of the Kosovo Police

On September 13, in an official ceremony, 416 Kosovo Police cadets graduated basic training. The class represents the 54th graduating class since the department’s inception in 1999. Remarks were given by the Kosovo Police General Director, the Outgoing Minister of Internal Affairs, the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety General Director, and the OSCE Ambassador. ICITAP-Kosovo’s Attaché was a keynote speaker and congratulated the class on behalf of the U.S. Embassy and the ICITAP-Kosovo family. She encouraged the new officers to do what is right even when it is unpopular, stand against those who want to influence or interfere with justice, run toward danger to protect their fellow citizens, enforce the law equally and protect the citizens – all citizens – without bias or favoritism. Above all, she asked them to never forget they are part of the community in which they serve. This graduating class is especially significant to the ICITAP-Kosovo team as our advisors were directly involved in an advisory capacity from the initial recruiting stage through graduation. ICITAP advisors assisted in the creation and production of a recruiting video designed to attract more women to choose a law enforcement career.  As a result, the number of women applicants doubled that of the previous hiring process and the number of women hired more than tripled. This graduating class included an unprecedented 31 percent female composition. ICITAP advisors worked closely with the KP Human Resources department in the design and implementation of the hiring process and then monitored every stage of the process. The class of recruits represents the best of the best of over 17,000 police applicants. In Kosovo, ICITAP’s work in this area is delivered with the support of and in coordination with the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

Updated August 11, 2023