On October 10 2019, a conference entitled "Effects of Human Resource Management Reform in the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia" was held in Belgrade under the slogan "We care about people who care about citizens' security".
The conference was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and the Minister of the Interior, Dr Nebojsa Stefanovic, who stated that the last four years were the years of the most significant reforms in the Ministry of the Interior.
"We wanted to show that employees are not only concerned with the acquisition of uniforms, vehicles, new weapons and salary increases, but also through the care of their development," Stefanovic said. According to him, the career advancement system has enabled all employees to further their education to advance according to their merits and results. "And precisely because of the fact that the best ones are at the most responsible positions we have improved results, increased citizen confidence and strengthened police work and its efficiency," Stefanovic said.
The Minister emphasized that the quality is also seen through candidates at the University of Criminal Police and the Center for Basic Police Training.
"Today, we have candidates competing because they want to work in the Ministry of Interior," Stefanovic said, adding that over the past four years, the Ministry's employed about 3,000 new police officers and firefighters, mostly KPU graduates and COPO trainees and trainees for fireman.
The minister announced that tomorrow, October 11, 677 new police officers who have completed COPO will join the Ministry of the Interior, adding that he is particularly proud of the fact that the Ministry has employed around 180 family members and children of killed and seriously injured colleagues fighting for Serbia.
"In doing so, we wanted to show how much respect we have for all those people who fought for this country, fought against terrorism and crime, whose courage was enormous and who sacrificed their own lives for the defense of Serbia," Stefanovic said.
The Minister thanked the Kingdom of Sweden for helping to implement the human resources reforms in the MoI, as well as for all the staff in the Human Resources Sector who had done this great work.
Assistant Minister and Head of the Human Resources Sector Katarina Tomasevic said that since 2015, the Human Resources Sector has strived to transform itself from an administrative and human resources department into a modern human resources management system. Talking about the results of the Sector during its four years of existence, Tomasevic pointed out that for the first time in a public competition a police director was elected, and after that in numerous internal competitions, heads of police departments were elected.
"We tried to identify and design the best model of promotion that will enable the career development of police officers," Tomasevic said, adding that a new evaluation model was also introduced and a Catalog of job descriptions for police officers was created. She also introduced categories of civil servants and state employees with job descriptions, as well as categorization of organizational units of the Ministry.
"On the basis of objective criteria based on job descriptions and job assignments, salary reform was carried out," Tomasevic said, adding that a psycho-test was also introduced into the selection process, which is fully automated and excludes the possibility of any personal influence.
Tomasevic thanked the Kingdom of Sweden for its unselfish assistance in the reform processes and added that the support given to the Human Resources Sector by Minister Stefanovic was of utmost importance for the success of the reforms.
Swedish Embassy Counselor Ola Anderson pointed out that Sweden strongly supports Serbia in the EU integration process and since 2004 has provided support for various programs, which together with support to the Ministry of the Interior make up EUR 25 million, and in the field of human resources management in the Ministry of Interior it provides support from 2012 in the amount of approximately 3.5 million euros.
"One of the highlights of the Ministry of Interior reform was to improve the organizational effectiveness of the MoI, which was done in an integrated way by supporting two key management concepts - asset management and strategic planning," Anderson said.
According to him, capacities for managing and introducing new concepts have been raised, which has resulted in a good employee development strategy and this is pioneering work in the state administration in Serbia, as it sets the foundation for career advancement.
He said that the Ministry of Interior is an example in this regard to other institutions, adding that the reforms implemented are extremely important for meeting the criteria on Serbia's path to the European Union.
"The ministry's vision to transform itself into a modern, accountable and efficient police force that guarantees security and is at the service of citizens contributes to development and European integration," Anderson said.
Team leader of IMG Implementation Agency Hans Ulens explained that since 2014 two projects have been implemented: "Support to strategic development of information technology system" which has been completed, as well as the project ''Support to development capacities of strategic management and EU integration in the Ministry of Interior of RS ", which should end in mid-2020.
"The goal of these projects is to advance reforms within the Ministry of the Interior," Ulens said, noting that reform processes within the Ministry of Interior could serve as a model for other ministries in Serbia and other countries in the region.
The results of the various segments of the reform were presented by the heads of the Human Resources Departments of the Ministry of the Interior, the Chief of Police Directorate - General Golub Gacevic, Dr. Željko Brkić - the Chief of the Police Training Center, Predrag Marić - the Head of the Emergency Sector, Prof. Dane Subosic - Rector of the Criminal Police University, Representatives of the Ministry of Defense, Security Information Agency, Human Resources Management Service, High Official Council, National Academy of Public Administration, Complaints Commission of the Government and the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self - Government.