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Kosovo Police
Logo of the Kosovo Police.
Agency overview
Formed 1999
Employees 9000 employees
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Governing body Ministry of Interior
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Pristina, Kosovo
Agency executive Sheremet Ahmeti
Official Website

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Kosovo Police (Albanian: Policia e Kosovës; Serbian: Kosovska Policije) was created in 1999 in the aftermath of the Kosovo War and subsequent withdrawal of the Yugoslav armed forces from Kosovo.

The establishment of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) included a large international policing component, named the UNMIK Police. They were given two primary tasks by UN Security Council Resolution 1244: 1) to establish a new police force; 2) in the meantime, to maintain civil law and order. The name for the new police force "Kosovo Police Service", was chosen by the first international police commissioner, Sven Frederiksen (Denmark). Recruitment began immediately, and former police school premises in the city of Vučitrn were renovated by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which began to train cadets. To this day, the force remains subordinated to the UNMIK Police, and the police commissioner retains command authority over both the international police and the Kosovo Police. The Kosovo Police has grown steadily since 1999, and in 2004 reached its planned full size of nearly 7,000 officers. About 85% of Kosovo Police officers are ethnic Albanians, 15% are ethnic Serbs as well as other smaller ethnic minorities.


Specialized units and breakdown

The bulk of the Kosovo Police are patrol officers. However the force has specialized investigative units in all six regions, including Organized Crime Units, Forensics Units, and several others. In addition to those specialist units in the investigative side of law enforcement, every region has a Regional Operational Support Unit (called ROSU), who are specially trained for times where forced entry is needed on search warrants, as well as acting as front line officers during riot situations, or in times when crowd control is necessary. The Kosovo Police Close Protection unit serves as the body guards for visiting heads of state, and for Kosovo's own political leaders.

The Motorcyclists Unit

The Motorcyclists Unit functions within the Kosovo Police. The first generation of this Unit is established on 29 August 2003 and 7 police officers were trained by the international instructors.

Second generation is trained in the second half of 2003 with 5 police officers while the third generation with 9 police officers is trained in 2004. In 2005 is trained fourth generation with twelve police officers, while currently the Motorcycles Unit has 32 police officers.

The main responsibility of the Motorcyclists Unit is to escort of very important persons (VIP).

Close Protection Unit

The Close Protection Unit within the Kosovo Police was established on 21 January 2002.

The main task of the Close Protection Unit is to provide personal protection to VIPs. In addition, the Close Protection Unit provides protection for persons believed to be subject to threats.

The Close Protection Unit also undertakes tactical operations, escorting delegations, and evacuations of both international staff and Kosovo Police officers.

Special Intervention Unit SIU (Former GSI / SIG - FIT)

This KPS special policing unit was created in 2003 when it started with a standard SWAT team (2 teams of 15 officers each) trained by American contractors. In 2005 the "Special Intervention Group – GSI / SIG" project ( Grupi Special i Intervenimit GSI) in Albanian language or (Specijalna Interventna Grupa SIG) in Serbian language was launched as the Elite Force of Kosovo police to be the CT & HR strike force of the organization. Strict selection criteria was followed through several tests, and only 18 trainees were selected among hundreds of volunteer officers to be the first generation of the unit. It was established, equipped, coached and trained by 4 professional specialized instructors in the field "French GIPN", "Egyptian HRF", "German SEK" and "Bulgarian SP OPS" trainers who were serving with the UNMIK. Later on due to some difficulties the project was converted again to a standard SWAT level under the name of FIT (First Intervention Team) who was trained by 1 American SWAT officer, 3 French police officers and 2 Austrian Police Officers from the Elite Unit "WEGA". Recently the unit's level was re-elevated again to the old level under the name of SIU (Special Intervention Unit) to be responsible for Counter Terrorism & Hostage Rescue interventions in addition to its standard tasks like high risk arrests and combating the organized crime gangs in the country.

K-9 Unit

K-9 unit of Kosovo Police is established in November 2002. The first generation on behalf of K-9 unit had seven officers. These officers have completed basic training in Great Britain continuing with further trainings with international instructors. In 2000, K-9 unit began to operate with five police patrol dogs and five dogs for narcotics detections.

K-9 unit performs different police operation with seven police patrol dogs, three dogs for narcotics detections and one for explosives detection. K-9 unit has three local instructors who organize trainings for young officers envisaged to be part of K-9 unit.


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