"Protect The Citizens"

Today in Sarajevo I met with Nina Carroll, senior program adviser at the U.S. Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, better known as ICITAP. Around the world, ICITAP trains police forces and prosecutors to help develop effective and transparent law enforcement institutions. In Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), ICITAP has helped the country form new investigative agencies and strengthen its community policing, among other projects.

When ICITAP started working in BiH in 1996, it helped the police force understand that its mission is not to “protect the state” but rather to “protect the citizens.” “Protect the citizens” is a key democratic principle, she said, and one I think many in democratic countries take for granted. ICITAP helped the police establish new procedures and institutions to better do this. For example, they helped police departments create their first internal affairs offices. These offices where police officers’ own conduct is reviewed are indicators that officers are not above the law.

Often times when discussing rule of law, one thinks immediately of the judiciary. But police are just as integral. By protecting the citizens, law enforcement is doing its part to make rule of law – and democracy – work.

44 thoughts on “"Protect The Citizens"

  1. It may interest you to know that we here in India, when discussing rule of law think neither of the judiciary nor of the police. Simply because the semblance of rule of law that India has is despite those two agencies.

    We Indians are thankful to Providence for letting our society survive even under the dark clouds of looming anarchy.

    ‘One who enjoys God’s protection can not be killed by anyone even if the whole world wants him dead’- goes an Indian saying.

    Let us then bring God back into our lives and at top of the mind if possible.

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  3. I read a lot about the US fighting for women’s rights around the world but what about women’s rights in America.

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  4. The facts and findings described by the Inspector General make ICITAP sound more like a daytime soap opera than an office in the vaunted Criminal Division.
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  5. Well I agree with the point of ICITAP that their motive should be not “protect the state” but rather to “protect the citizens.” Because if citizens in any state will live in the fear then that nation can never be free of the crimes…Teeth Whitening Natural Teeth Whitening

  6. Perhaps ICITAP is doing a great job training police but I want to know what is really going on in the ICITAP behind the scenes. Think of the context it was formed under. Reagan was waging a war in El Salvador to keep left-wing geurillas from taking over and gaining power for the people, and a government militia, possibly backed by the CIA, was using violence against not only the guerillas but also against teachers and Jesuit priests who were thought to be spreading leftist ideology. ICITAP received its funding directly from the State Department. Was the ICITAP really training police to “investigate human rights cases” when a full-on civil war was happening? There is evidence the US govt funds or funded the death squads in Brazil (and in many other countries), but the ICITAP also trains police in these very same countries. Has the organization changed recently? Can anyone shed some light on the truth?

  7. Hi people,
    Well I wanna thank yous sir for meeting Mr.Nina Carroll> it seems you are really concerned about the citizens. But sir I think the administration are trying their best now it is we who needs to optimize their efficiency. We also needs to cope with them.
    Do keep us update.

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  8. It’s true they should protect the citizen’s not the country as country is by it’s citizen’s.

  9. A good balance must be struck between an armed populace the governing body that is responsible for their protection.
    Dashiki

  10. Governments job is to protect it citizens from the nations enemies, not to control all of the citizens from conception to grave.

  11. It is the most important thing to protect citizen,its responsibility government.

  12. I don’t understand how we have a department like ICITAP, which I’m sure costs millions to fund, but police departments across the US are suffering from man-power shortages?

  13. Really nice ICITAP, thank you for protecting the citizen. it’s a nice discussion because I think citizen is more important than state.

  14. Nice discussion topic, I would like to see more people standing up for the country!

    Janet

  15. I read a lot about the US fighting for women’s rights around the world this is a great thing for women, but it is still all too common that women are being held hostage. When will america wake up!

    Mimi

  16. I know a friend worked for the ICITAP and they are working hard every day. Helpful information for me. Thanks

  17. It should be ALL about the people, not the state surely?!

  18. I think that they should first deal with the problems at home before tackling problems abroad. How can we solve problem around the world when we are barely keeping up with here… Just my two cents

  19. Very true. If the people don’t trust the government to protect them, then democracy will certainly fall.

    Good work!

  20. “Often times when discussing rule of law, one thinks immediately of the judiciary. But police are just as integral. By protecting the citizens, law enforcement is doing its part to make rule of law – and democracy – work.”

    Great conclusion

  21. I read a lot about the US fighting for women’s rights around the world but what about women’s rights in America.

  22. One thing you can usually be sure about is that the state will protect itself. Lets hope they protect the citizens too.

  23. I agree with this the motive should be “protect the citizens” not “protect the state”.Everyone have the right to know the truth.

    Very true. If the people don’t trust the government to protect them, then democracy will certainly fall.

  24. It’s nice to see that there are groups out there that are there for the people and protecting their rights…

  25. Thanks for the outstanding post…
    it’s an issue we all need to be informed about…

  26. There is a tiny string that separates between protecting citizens and getting into their life… I hope that with all this social media, which sites like Google and Face-book grabs lots of information about people.