Kosova Police receives drones from the US, Hovenier: Vital resource to fight criminal activities

Kosova Police and the Police Inspectorate of Kosova have received seven drones. These devices, which can be used to monitor sensitive and remote areas, will help the Police to fight criminal activities and expand their capacities. At the signing ceremony where the drones were handed over, the American ambassador, Jeffrey Hovenier, reconfirmed the long-term support for Kosovo’s institutions.

Ambassador Hovenier said that with these drones, public safety will also increase and, according to him, there can be a more efficient response to incidents.

The US diplomat said that this donation is an additional manifestation of the trust that the United States has in the Republic of Kosovo to carry out independent law enforcement missions.

He congratulated KP and PIK for their work, stressing that they have set a high standard not only in Kosovo but also in the entire region.

On the other hand, the Director General of the Kosova Police, Gazmend Hoxha, mentioned the Serbian attack on September 24 in Banjska of Zveçan, where the sergeant of the Kosova Police, Afrim Bunjaku, was killed. He said that the US Embassy has been the main supporter of Kosovo.

The drones, Hoxha promised that they will only be used for legal purposes while adding that “the transparency of the operation on the 24th, has made the Kosova Police enjoy respect for the work they did that day, this was done through the footage that we got from the drones”.

Drones will also help support search and rescue operations, disaster management, and crowd and traffic monitoring.

The chief executive officer of the PIK, Kushtrim Hodaj, said that the recent cases in the north showed the importance of cooperation and coordination.

The donation of drones is a joint project between INLDOS and ICITAP-DOJ, within the United States Embassy in Prishtina.