As a result of the reorganization of the State Police (VP), the number of districts could be reduced from 40 to 26; and the Anti-Corruption Commission.
VP also emphasizes that as a result of the reorganization, the police will not be dismissed from the service.
Normunds Grūbis, deputy managing director of the vice president, explained to the members that there are currently 39 districts in Latvia, as well as a police station at Riga airport. "Currently, regardless of the size of the area being served, the level of control of the districts is the same," the police officer said.
VPs and external experts believe that the areas to be served by districts should be larger. That is, the areas to be served by the districts will be revised in the future, with an estimated 60,000 inhabitants. Depending on this, we will evaluate how many sites can remain.
However, this does not mean that several cities and districts would remain without the presence of the police, as the relevant changes in work organization will be made, police said.
The head of VP Ints Ķuzis and Grūbis explained to the LETA agency that the cut is still under discussion and the exact number of stations will be known after a more careful analysis.
"The idea is that there are 25 districts and an additional station at the airport.This is the version we are working on at the moment but the actual number of districts will probably be higher.if Ventspils and Talsi currently have a station, then only one station could be preserved in the future and, for example, there would be a foothold in Talsi. However, it should be ready by 2021, "Kuzi said.
Police previously pointed out that the number of police officers would not be reduced as a result of the reorganization of the OP. As the number of districts decreases, only a portion of the police – the current district administration or individual police officers – may be affected. These authorities will not be released from service, but may be diverted to other service tasks, police said.
Ten years have passed since the last reorganization of the VP. At that time, the reform was made to reduce staff numbers and budget. In the last ten years, the country's internal and external risks have changed, so it is also necessary to properly plan the future work, presenting a police reorganization plan in the government, previously emphasized by the vice president.
Under the plan approved by the government, the police will eliminate vacant positions. By the end of 2018, there were 7836 police stations, including 6885 employees with special service stations. Of these, 632 should be eliminated, or 9.2%, leaving 6253 jobs for employees. It is expected that these posts will be reduced until December 31 of the following year. These posts are currently not funded.
This means that it is necessary to increase the remuneration of the police because the police officer must be motivated and educated. Police management encourages changes in the compensation system and the monthly salary of investigators in the district attorney. Such a change in the budget would require EUR 7,9 million per year.
In the police department, police action has predicted that most police officers would work on the streets and only a small part of the cabinet, as police access and the answers to their questions are important to citizens.
Remaining at 6253 police officers, the work of the police station will be organized in three directions – response, investigation and prevention. To implement this, it is planned to introduce a "universal police principle".
Police officers would acquire the required level of professional higher education at State Police College.
Basically, the new plan provides for changes in the response area. Currently, police often go to the scene several times, involving several police units, but according to the new plan, the match will occur only once.
It is also planned to abandon such unusual characteristics of the police as the activities of guarding objects, convoy, closing of streets, escort of municipalities and merchants.