ABSTRACT: This project seeks to understand how police in Hungary, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia interact with Roma and explore what has been effective, from both the Roma and police perspectives. In particular, the focus is on police training and multi-ethnic community-oriented policing programs as well as Roma response to these programs. The project will involve focus groups and interviews of police and Roma in each country followed by the largest opinion survey of Roma ever attempted in the region, designed to measure Roma attitudes about the police.
Maria (Maki) Haberfeld is a Professor of Police Science, in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She was born in Poland and immigrated to Israel as a teenager. She served in the Israel Defense Forces in a counter-terrorist unit and left the army at the rank of a sergeant. Prior to coming to John Jay she served in the Israel National Police and left the force at the rank of lieutenant. She also worked as a special consultant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in the New York Field Office. She has conducted research in the areas of public and private law enforcement, integrity, and white-collar crime in the United States, Eastern and Western Europe and Israel. Her recent publications include: A New Understanding of Terrorism (co-editor, 2009), Modern Piracy and Maritime Terrorism (co-editor, 2009), Terrorism Within Comparative International Context (co-author, 2009), Russian Organized Corruption Networks and their International Trajectories (co-authored, 2011) and Critical Issues in Police Training (2011) .