General Reshat Maliqi discusses the main challenges faced by the police in Kosovo, including a boycott by Serbian officers due to the political situation. He gives details about the process of transition between the United Nations forces and the Kosovo Police, and the recruitment and promotion process. In his opinion, the Department for Community Affairs and the Community Policing Unit represented success stories in Kosovo. As the main priorities, he cites boosting investigative capacity through training, better equipping and training specialized units, and joining regional and international police organizations such as Europol and Interpol. He also believes that the Kosovo Police should take more responsibilities and rely less on the international community.
At the time of this interview, General Reshat Maliqi was the assistant commissioner for operations in the Kosovo Police, a post he had held since April 2006. He studied at the Vushtrri Police Academy between 1975 and 1979, after which he worked for the Yugoslav police, including as a security officer at the consulate in San Francisco. In 1994 he was arrested by Serbia for “parallel policing” for Kosovo and was imprisoned for six years. In 2000 he started training with the Kosovo police service and worked for the United Nations mission in Kosovo. In 2003 he was appointed regional commander for Gelani. He was then appointed as head of the border police in Pristina.