The initiative of Direction for Coordination of the Police Agencies in BiH to make a joint centre of radio communication between police institutions in BiH, in Republika Srpska and cantons with Croatian majority was understood as another attempt of unconstitutional transfer of jurisdiction to the state level.
Two months ago, the Directorate for Coordination of Police Agencies BiH sent letters to the Entity and Canton Internal Affairs Ministries and the Brcko District Police, asking for participation of their representatives at a meeting where “technical aspects” of connecting operative centers of all police agencies in BiH would be agreed, including a radio channel frequency for mutual communication, which would be allocated to the Directorate. The signing of the agreement would mean connecting operative police centers with the Directorate for Coordination of Police Agencies, which is not in the Directorate’s jurisdiction.
The Republika Srpska Internal Affairs Ministry said that the Law on the Directorate for Coordination of Police Agencies and Agencies in Support of the Police Structure in BiH does not stipulate that the Directorate can make connections with operative centres of police agencies in BiH. The law clearly says that the Directorate is not a police body but an administrative organization in support of the police structure in BiH. The Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs said that the Directorate cannot coordinate its work and a system of radio connection cannot be established the way it was proposed. The Republika Srpska Ministry said that in keeping with its lawful jurisdictions, the Directorate performs the task of communication with and coordination of police Agencies at the level of BiH.
Nikola Špirić, Serb MP in the House of Peoples of the BiH Parliament, warned that the signing of an agreement on the use of radio links between police agencies in BiH, which involves linking police operative centres with the Directorate, is another attempt to create a BiH Interior Ministry, and that this must be stopped.
“Every attempt to make the so-called Ministry of Internal Affairs BiH from the Directorate for Coordination of Police Agencies of Bosnia-Herzegovina, is unacceptable and unconstitutional, and this seems to me like that situation”, said Špirić to the local media.
He emphasized that every move of the Directorate to transfer competencies from the entities to the level of BiH is actually the embryo of the Ministry of Internal Affairs BiH.
Commenting on the call to sign an agreement on the use of radio communication between police agencies in BiH, the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton Minister of Internal Affairs, Slađan Bevanda, told the media that this Canton will not transfer its constitutional jurisdictions to anyone.
“The Herzegovina-Neretva Canton will not transfer any jurisdiction to anyone”, Bevanda said.
Bosnia and Herzegovina state structure provide internal affairs ministries on entity level but also on the canton level. In practice, it means that BiH has total of 12 ministries of internal affairs, ten in cantons and two at the entities level./IBNA