PAMECA V, in close cooperation and coordination with Albanian State Police, organised a two-days conference ‘On best practices of EU countries in conducting performance evaluation of police employees’, on 17-18 September 2019. The Conference convened 52 participants, representatives of Ministry of Interior and high-rank officers from Albanian State Police and Republican Guard.
The opening remarks of the General Director of Albanian State Police, Mr Ardi Veliu, and the Team Leader of PAMECA V project, Mr Carlo D’Achille, highlighted the importance of efficient and effective individual performance evaluation system of police officers, which was in line with the Work Priorities Document of the Ministry of Interior and the Albanian State Police on “Directions, Objectives, Challenges”, adopted in January 2019.
Mr Veliu considered that performance appraisal is one of the most important elements of human resources and a key indicator of police officers’ career development. Mr Veliu highly appreciated the fact that an opportunity was given to ASP to benefit from the experiences of EU Member States by adapting some useful models of their performance evaluation systems in order to improve current ASP practices and procedures. According to Mr Veliu, the conference will serve to create a consolidated practice for the State Police to have a fair and transparent system of performance, with a direct impact on the development of merit-based police officers’ careers.
According to Mr D’Achille, the individual performance evaluation system of police officers is not only a powerful instrument to monitor the entire police daily work and its achievements, but it is an indispensable tool to improve quality of service, reduce crime, deliver safer and stronger communities. Mr D’Achille added that performance evaluation shall be considered also a communication tool that ensures the supervisor and the employee that enables them to define indicators to measure their goals; for this reason, a good and effective individual performance evaluation system should be a basis for police officer’s carrier, because any progress, promotion, transfer has to be justified by the evaluation of their work.
The Conference continued with the presentation of Human Resource experts from Albania, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands that introduced to Albanian counterparts their own system of performance evaluation. The intensive and lively debate generated during the two-days conference and coordinated by PAMECA V Human Resources Expert, Mr Giovanni Pasqua, will be of great contribution to the Albanian State Police in reforming its individual performance evaluation system for police officers.