Police salaries a priority for new Interior Minister of Latvia

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The remuneration of police officers and other internal affairs workers is not competitive and should be increased as soon as possible, the new Interior Minister Marija Golubeva (Development/For!) told Latvian Radio June 4.

She said that the matter had been discussed with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš before taking office. At the same time, Golubeva said there are other things that need to be done in the interior department, such as providing police with modern technologies and equipment. It is also known about the bad police working conditions in the precincts.

The issue of educating police officers is even more pressing. Golubeva said she was not convinced whether this should lead to the creation of a new academy offered by her predecessor, Sandis Ģirģens, but the creation of a new training system is necessary, which will require some financial resources.

Another priority problem is the inability of both the police and other services to see and prevent hate crimes, the minister said. It is also necessary to strengthen internal security in Latvia, as well as cooperation between the State Police and other services.

She said she would meet today with the heads of all the services of the Ministry of the Interior to find out the overall situation, but it is already clear that there is a lack of funding in many services, lack of suitable spaces, equipment and  modern technologies.


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