BiH Border Police still suffers from lack of officers

BiH Border Police still suffers from lack of officers

BiH Border Police still is in need for 389 more police officers, which is partly going to be solved with the assignment of 100 police officers who are currently at the training for cadets.

That is one of the conclusions of BiH Border Police Expert Board meeting that was held in Sarajevo. The Board analysed the Work Report of BP BiH, and the execution of Annual Work Plan for the first nine months of 2019, with special focus on migratory crisis.

From 1 January 2019 to 30 September 2019, crossings of the state border by 40 801 122 persons were registered, which is by 3.11% more than in the same period last year. Crossings of the state border by 16 643 651 transportation means were recorded. Two thousand nineteen nationals of 62 countries were registered, who were not allowed entry to BiH. Compering to the same period in 2018 (1287), number of foreigners that were not allowed to enter BiH is higher by 732 persons or by 56.88%. There were 2 567 crossings or attempted crossings of the state border recorded by 1 316 persons who are in search databases on different grounds. During the first nine months in 2019, at border crossing points, officers of BP BiH apprehended 554 persons (450 persons that were found wanted by court or police authorities in BiH, and 104 persons wanted by Interpol).

Crossings of the state border by 423 361 persons from high migratory risk countries were recorded, which is 19.76% higher compared with in the same period in 2018. There were 3 679 persons detected in illegal crossing of the state border, or 8.40 % more than in the same period in 2018. Apart from the above mentioned, during the first nine months of 2019, officers of BP BiH prevented/deterred 10 316 foreign citizens from high migratory risk countries from entering BiH from neighbouring countries, where they were returned to. In accordance with the signed international agreements on readmission/admission of persons, 532 foreigners were admitted, or 20.91% more than in the same period in 2018. There were 413 foreigners readmitted from BiH. Six hundred fifty-five BiH citizens from third countries were admitted, down 10.40% compared to the same period in 2018. There were 1 013 foreigners who were deported from BiH, or who left BiH willingly within the period of time allowed for voluntary leave. There were 19 visas issued at border crossing points, and 94 cases of visas annulment were recorded.

There were 215 official reports submitted to competent prosecutor’s offices, on criminal offences committed by 330 persons when the perpetrator is known and six when the perpetrator is unknown. There were 52 (2018 – 39) registered criminal offences ‘people smuggling’ and four (2018 – 6) criminal offences ‘organizing a group of people or association for committing criminal offence – migrant smuggling’. Two hundred and twenty-five documents were suspected of being forged, as well as 61 transportation means were temporarily seized. There were 79 criminal offences in relation to narcotic drugs recorded and goods and money worth BAM 366 577.48 were temporarily seized.

The current migratory crisis was also discussed at the expert board meeting. Director Galić said that all human resources and material and technical capacities of this police agency are directed at the Eastern and North-eastern part of the country with aim to combat illegal migrations i.e. on the prevention illegal entry to BiH from the direction of Republic of Serbia and Montenegro, as well as on prevention of all forms of cross-border crimes along the whole state border of BiH. Once again he underlined the maximum engagement of current human resources and technical-material at the Eastern and North-eastern part of border. He used the opportunity to thank members of BP BiH for their efforts regarding protection of the state border and urge them to improve interpersonal relations and to respect legal regulation, as well as to constantly apply the standards and code of conduct stipulated by Code of Ethics for police officers./ibna