chapter  9
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The limits of post-conflict police reform


At the end of 2002, the United Nations Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) declared victory and closed up shop. In its final press release, the mission – which had been tasked with transforming the country’s politically compromised, ethnically biased and deeply corrupt police into a modern, democratic police force – stated that “Bosnia and Herzegovina now has ‘a police force fit for Europe’ firmly based on international standards of democratic policing and in the service of all citizens.”1