Writes: Trifun Kostovski
Dear fellow citizens, the functioning of each government is possible only with the establishment of ministries within the Government, which should provide functionality of the state and serve the people.
Today I want to write specifically about the Ministry of Interior, but this does not mean that other ministries are less important, but let’s start one by one.
Police in everyday life is the strongest element that should guarantee the safety and property of citizens and the implementation of laws as they are written, in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia.
The latest developments related to the escape of already former officials must be sanctioned. Certain personalities must resign. I am not the only one saying this, it is in the consciousness of every honest citizen who wants to live in a state governed by the rule of law.
Today, I will address perhaps a seemingly benign theme that is the place and role of the police in everyday life. Unfortunately, the reality is very cruel.
Part of the public knows, and part of it may not know, that I play soccer twice a week. In the last week, two car break-ins took place at the same time and at the same place.
I am convinced that the police know about these developments, but as a citizen I cannot feel the measure undertaken regarding this problem and I do not feel safe.
Whereas every time I leave the auxiliary playground of FC Rabotnichki, I am always welcome by the traffic police with one to two vehicles, with 5-7 police officers.
I ask openly, why do I need 7 police officers to control me every time I leave the city stadium, in terms of whether I have drunk and whether I have proper documentation, or the traffic police hiding at points where it would fine people who drive too fast, and at the same time the other part of the police leaves an open door for lawlessness.
Until when? I have lived in the former state where we had neighbourhood policemen who knew exactly all the inhabitants of that neighbourhood and people felt as if they were part of the neighbourhood family. What’s the message? The message is TRUST. Trust is something that is neither bought nor sold, it is acquired, but HOW? Here is an example, and you decide for yourself.
My youngest son finished fourth grade in the Austrian school, before our return to the Republic of Macedonia. Every month, the children in his class had meetings with uniformed police officers, whether at the school or in the police premises, in order to gain confidence that they are the people in a uniform that guaranteed their safety. That’s how, slowly but surely, the TRUST in the uniformed people is acquired. While in our country the uniform means a kind of fear that you can be punished or detained. The trust of the citizen in the uniformed police officer is lost.
I ask most openly, how the top officials of the Ministry of Interior can convince me that I live in a safe state with the rule of law.
I am convinced that I am not the only one feeling this way, but also many of my fellow citizens.
I know that many of the high echelons in the police will find an excuse to disagree with me, and I would send them a message: in order to hear what their own people thinks about them, they should come down among the people and they will hear.
Protected as they are by immunity and with only rights for them to decide is something that leads to an image that we are living in a society of privileged and marginalized.
I appeal to this central government and to the future central authorities that the sense of security of the citizen should be put first on their agenda.
If we do not know how to create such a system then I propose to take a model from highly developed countries and implement it, in accordance with our culture, tradition and resources.
Most important of all is that this so powerful and necessary Ministry should not be misused for daily political calculations.
The police must serve the people, and the people are the ones who will evaluate the successful or unsuccessful work of every single individual who has undertaken this obligation to act and work in the interest of the citizens.
I hope that this column written to the competent ministry will not be taken as a criticism, but as a road map on how it should function.
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