Officials support tightening interior security

Latvia will consider strengthening its interior police force, the Security Police, so that the country has a better chance of preventing scenarios like that which unfolded in Brussels yesterday, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis told Latvian Television Wednesday.

Kučinskis said that Latvia has already increased security at key infrastructure objects like the airport and the [central rail] station.

"We have to have enough people who can identify a threat and prevent it from happening. However ten years ago no one would have thought about such risks," said Kučinskis, responding to the question of whether the government will discuss the initiative of Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis to strengthen Latvia's interior police force.

While Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs told Latvian Television Wednesday morning that intelligence efforts are more important than having a constant security force at key objects.

"The main way of fighting terrorist is not by [introducing] patrols in airports, ports or railway stations or places with many people. The main thing is intelligence, and information that can prevent a terrorist attack," he said.

He also joined the PM in supporting allocating more resources to guaranteeing Latvia's interior security.

"I think that our security forces should be given more resources," said Rinkēvičs.

Rinkēvičs also said there were no official news about Latvian casualties in the Brussels attacks, however mentioning that there are rumors on social media that one Latvian citizen has died in Tuesday's series of blasts in the Belgian capital.

On Wednesday Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis told LETA that the Security Police's capacity is adequate to react to terrorist threats in Latvia, however, it is necessary to expand this capacity by allocating more funds to the force. 

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