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10 Mar 2017

Belarus president wants law enforcement agencies optimized, yet effective

MINSK, 10 March (BelTA) – The optimization process should not reduce the performance of the law enforcement system. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement during the government conference held on 10 March to discuss the performance of the law enforcement system in 2016 and the optimization of the law enforcement and court systems, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko made it clear: “The [optimization] process must not have a negative effect on the quality of operation of the law enforcement and court systems. We cannot allow the reduction of the law enforcement bloc to result in a surge of crime. This is why it is necessary to preserve powerful and balanced structures, which are capable of doing their job.”

Yet the head of state noted that favorable conditions and prerequisites for optimization are now available. Belarusian law enforcement agencies are rather strong and have the necessary experience. The personnel are well-equipped and well-trained. The organization of operation of Belarusian security agencies has produced positive results, including a lower crime rate in the country. “Belarus is one of the world’s top ten countries with the lowest crime rate and a high level of security. This is why we can now talk about further optimization as a priority,” explained the President.

Alexander Lukashenko also pointed out that optimization does not equal reduction. “We should not limit the process to simple reduction of personnel numbers although we don’t need people, who are surplus to requirements,” he said.

Call against overlapping functions, excessive reporting in Belarus’ law enforcement

MINSK, 10 March (BelTA) – It is essential to eliminate the duplication of functions and excessive reporting in the law enforcement and judicial systems, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the session held on 10 March to discuss the performance of law enforcement agencies in 2016 and the optimization of law enforcement and judicial systems, BelTA has learned.

“All law enforcement bodies need to ensure the highest possible coordination of effort. In this respect, there are still many problems. One of them is the duplication of functions. The powers and responsibilities of each authority should be very clearly worded to avoid ambiguity,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

“This does not mean, however, that the Financial Investigation Department of the State Control Committee should turn a blind eye to corruption just because it does not fall within their responsibility. It should not be like that. Such cases should be submitted to the corresponding agencies for investigation. There is a very fine line here, but you should not tail after each other,” the Belarusian leader said.

The head of state also emphasized the need to get rid of excessive reporting which has already been done by the prosecution bodies and the Interior Ministry. Prompt response to the dynamically changing situation, to the new challenges and threats should be the main criterion to assess the performance of the law enforcement bodies. “This approach should be used by everyone, from senior officers to regular personnel,” the President stressed.

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