Magazine sheds light on finance cops' cash reserves

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Despite low wages at State Police, every sixth police employee at the Economic Crimes Unit (ENAP) has at some point of time managed to accumulate cash savings over €5,000, reported the Ir magazine Thursday. 

The magazine analyzed about 1,600 income declarations of 159 police employees at the ENAP and the third bureau of the Rīga regional State Police branch. 

Ir's inquiry revealed that 24 out of 159 employees had declared €5,000 and more in cash savings, while some have come into possession of real estate.

One policeman managed to inherit €100,000 from his mother who had no known source of income and who resided in a modest apartment building at a low-rent region in Rīga. He received another inheritance a year later, reported Ir.

Head of the ENAP Pēteris Bauska told the magazine that his colleagues had given "clear and understandable" explanations about Ir's questions, saying that income declarations are but a "single piece of a puzzle" of evaluating employee performance.

The news follows an investigation aired early February by Latvian Television's "Forbidden Methods" about the unexpected wealth of Roberts Dirnēns, a former Finance Police employee who reportedly inherited half a million dollars from his mother, a teacher who could not possibly bestow such an enormous inheritance. His family turned out to own a lot of real estate and several companies with little traces of the funding.

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