23 August 2019
Today, EULEX’s Formed Police Unit (FPU) took part in a joint crowd-and-riot-control exercise in Camp Novo Selo alongside the Kosovo Police from Mitrovica North and KFOR’s Multinational Brigade East.
The exercise served as an opportunity for the three security responders to practice coordinating and cooperating in their respective roles, with the Kosovo Police as first responder, EULEX’s FPU as second responder, and KFOR as third responder.
The exercise was also an opportunity for the Kosovo Police to gain hands-on experience in crowd-and-riot-control scenarios, an area in which EULEX continues to support the Kosovo Police in developing their capacities.
EULEX’s Acting Head of Mission, Bernd Thran, attended the event as an observer, alongside KFOR’s Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Shawn Harris, and Regional Commander of Kosovo Police North, Nenad Djuric, and commended all three organisations for their excellent work.
“Today we saw an excellent demonstration of how the three organisations can cooperate and coordinate in a crowd-and-riot-control scenario, which I hope none of us will have to face.”
Mr Thran added: “While today’s exercise was very encouraging to see, it was unfortunate that no KP representatives from Pristina attended the event to witness the development of the Kosovo Police’s capabilities in the north.”