President: internal security is 'lagging other sectors'

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Closing the police academy was a 'big mistake that needs to be corrected', the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, said in a media briefing after meeting with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš April 22.

President Levits said that internal security, which includes various institutions – police, border guards, prosecutor's office and other institutions – has “lagged in some way” from the overall development of the country.

“We've had investments and funds in different sectors, they've all gone forward, but this sector [internal security] has traditionally been deprived, and so it can no longer go on. I would say it's in critical condition,” Levits said.

In his view, one of the top priorities in budgeting would be “reasonable” investments in the national internal security system.

“First of course there is an education issue, it is a little more extensive than just the home affairs system – it is [the issue] of a Justice Academy, on whose [creation] the Ministry of Justice has prepared a very good project,” the President said.

In his opinion, the closure of the Police Academy in 2010 was once a big mistake that needs to be corrected. “That doesn't mean renewing this academy, yet one internally harmonized education of police and officials from start to finish... This system must be in order to prepare competent and educated police officers and all others who ensure internal security. And it would be the task of the government to draw attention to this issue," the president said.


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