UN mission discovers more than 170 Bosnian police with false diplomas

UN mission discovers more than 170 Bosnian police with false diplomas

As part of its ongoing certification process for police officers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Nations mission in the country today said it has discovered that more than 170 law enforcement officials did not meet the basic standards of education.

After checking the educational credentials of about 15,000 officers, the UN mission, known as UNMIBH, said that 173 were found to have fraudulent diplomas. In these cases, the country’s Ministries of Interior are tasked to initiate administrative and legal measures.

“As we have seen in past weeks, [the] Ministries take increasing ownership of this process and dismiss police officers who were found not to meet basic standards of education or integrity,” UNMIBH said in a statement.

The Mission said there also remained a large number of diplomas where further verification was required abroad as well as within Bosnia and Herzegovina, including cases where files were destroyed or went missing during the country’s war.