University of Pittsburgh
May 29, 2008

University of Pittsburgh to Host the 2008 Academy on Community Policing in Albania

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH- Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES), in partnership with the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) in Albania, will host a training academy, June 2-13, on community policing for Albanian police officers, community members, and government dignitaries. Albania's commitment to the concept of community policing has increased citizen satisfaction with public safety and lowered criminal activity in the country in recent years.

IDM, through the leadership of Executive Director Sotiraq Hroni, has successfully partnered with GSPIA and REES at Pitt and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. This partnership has resulted in a free exchange of ideas and concepts through two previous academies held in Pittsburgh.

The partnership has also led to on-site instructional visits to Albania by members of the Bureau of Police and the University of Pittsburgh and resulted in education and delivery of community police services to the citizens of Albania.

For more information, contact Libby Hilf at 412-648-7608 or