Faton Hamiti

Administrative Assistant, Office of the Police Commissioner
United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
Focus Area(s): 
Accountable Policing
Critical Tasks: 
Integration and amalgamation
Interviewers: 
Arthur Boutellis
Country of Reform: 
Kosovo
Town/City: 
Pristina, Republic of Kosovo
Place (Building/Street): 
Kosovo Police Headquarters
Date of Interview: 
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Abstract 

Faton Hamiti describes how the police station in Kosovo where he worked as a language assistant moved from being predominantly staffed by U.N. Police officers to having mostly Kosovo Police Service officers. He explains that the first members of UNPOL to arrive in 1999 were well accepted, but they later encountered difficulties due to political issues, lack of cooperation from the population and differences in police techniques among the international officers that were training the KPS. He explains in detail the complex process of transferring power and responsibility from the UNPOL to the KPS, and how the complicated status of Kosovo reflected on policing. He also gives many accounts of his experience while patrolling with the police.

Case Study: Building the Police Service in a Security Vacuum: International Efforts in Kosovo, 1999-2011

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At the time of this interview, Faton Hamiti was the administrative assistant in the Office of the Police Commissioner of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. He initially worked as a journalist in a daily newspaper in Kosovo before the war and then became a language assistant with UNMIK, first with a U.N. Police patrol and later at the police-station level. In 2006 he started working with the deputy police commissioner for operations, and in 2008 he was assigned as personnel/administrative assistant to the police commissioner.

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Keywords 
Depoliticization
Donor Relations
ethnic representation
incentive systems
integration and amalgamation
language
pre-deployment training
promotion system
recruitment
rural policing
UN Policies