Stradiņš University to offer more police education starting next year

Starting from the next academic year, the Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) will offer a bachelor's degree program for future police employees, as well as a master's program in Law for employees of the judicial authorities.

Graduates of the State Police College will be able to apply to these programs. 

The bachelor's degree program, called Police Operations, is to enroll more than 100 students, most of them current police employees. Fifteen spots in the program will be reserved for employees of the Customs and Tax Department, four – to the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and one to the Latvian Prison Administration.

While the master's program in Law will enroll up to 25 students.

These studies will be sponsored by the state but students will be obliged to continue working in institutions of the interior for at least five years following graduation. 

Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens (KPV LV) said at a committee meeting that using RSU, famous for its medicine studies, is the best possible solution for training police. 

Currently there's debate over providing cyber-security studies for police as well.

During the economic downturn, Latvia closed down its Police Academy, and future policemen are currently trained at the State Police College. There's also a program at RSU but higher-ups at the police have doubted its efficiency. 

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