Sakker el Dekkene is a Lebanese NGO striving to eliminate corruption by promoting a culture of integrity and good governance. Our findings revealed the existence of corruption across many public administrations, and one area is police stations.
Police corruption involves misconducts that directly affects the relationship between the citizens and the police staff. Based on the survey that was made on the eve of the launching of the NGO, 85% of people considered corruption widespread or frequent within the Internal Security Forces. We address this problem on two levels : bribery and service.
This form of corruption imposes unnecessary economic costs to citizens.
Moreover, bribery can have a security impact. Indeed, when police officers indulge in corrupt acts for their personal benefit ignoring the legal procedures and protecting those who have committed a crime or a felony, they can put people's lives in danger.
Corruption also has a major impact in the field of urban management, environment, road safety, and generally, on the rule of law.
Another problem in police stations lies in the behavior of the staff. Infringement of citizen's rights throughout procedures in police stations often occurs, discouraging people from coming for a complaint as their trust in the public institution have been shaken.
Service also includes the notification of the judicial decisions. Here too, corruption has a negative impact as it slows the process.
Furthermore, political interference affects the relationship between the prosecutor and the police stations, and hinders the rule of law.
Displacing staff responsible of corruption lacks efficiency, corruption in police stations being endemic. Although key measures introduced in Ras Beirut police station were efficient, this is not enough. Corruption is rampant across all police stations and needs monitoring. Furthermore, people tend to distrust this public institution.
So we came up with an application that would allow users to know their rights, report acts of bribery, assess the service and localize police stations. It would complement the Sakkera application that permits the reporting of bribes across all public institutions.
This will facilitate the contact with police stations and empower the people through reporting and assessment. It will sensitize them on their rights and highlight infringements. The data acquired will finally help us in holding every institution accountable.
Our platforms -hotline, website (www.sakkera.com), application- where citizens can report bribes showed a positive interaction: more than 1600 reports revealed over 3.4 billion LBP paid in bribes over 10 months. The project adds new features to Sakkera application. It detects, through the phone's GPS or through the Beacons technology, when a user enters a police station and sends a push notification allowing him/her to know their rights/obligations, and to report corruption. A police station locator allows the user to view a map and get directions. Reports submitted will be integrated in the data on both the website and application, providing access to information. Social media platforms will allow to communicate findings, raise awareness about corruption in police stations, sensitize citizens of the web on their rights and obligations, and promote the application to ensure the monitoring of corruption across police stations.