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Several laws aimed at increasing efficiency of police work have been signed

July 22, 2010

The first law aims at further improving the terms of law enforcement officers’ service. In particular, it defines the legal duties of Interior Ministry employees and the discharge of law enforcement officers from duty in connection with a temporary disability.

In addition, the law contains a comprehensive list of examples of gross misconduct, which can be the grounds for dismissal of internal affairs officers.

The second law assigns the status of inquiry bodies to territorial administrative offices (departments, divisions) of the police.

The document transforms several units into a single law enforcement unit in order to optimise the structure of interior ministry bodies and reorganise them into administrative offices (departments, divisions) of the police.

The third law is aimed at strengthening the protection of the rights and lawful interests of individuals and organisations from illegal actions of internal affairs employees.

The law stipulates that a crime committed intentionally by a law enforcement officer is an aggravating circumstance.

Simultaneously, the Criminal Code has been updated to include an article which establishes criminal liability of a law enforcement officer for intentional failure to obey an order issued in accordance with established procedure and not contrary to law, resulting in significant harm to the rights and lawful interests of individuals or organisations, or legally protected interests of society or the state.

The fourth law eliminates the gaps in the legislation governing matters relating to service in law enforcement agencies. In particular, it expands the list of restrictions that apply in the employment of staff by Internal Affairs bodies, as well as the list of grounds for dismissal.

The law stipulates that certain individuals cannot be accepted for service in law enforcement agencies, including persons who either have a criminal record or those against whom a criminal case had been closed on grounds that do not rehabilitate them, such as: expiry of the statute of limitations; termination of criminal proceedings through mediation of the dispute, except cases initiated by private individuals; termination of criminal prosecution because of an amnesty; ending the criminal prosecution on grounds of repentance.

The fifth law stipulates that military and law enforcement personnel will receive financial compensation equal to the cost of travel vouchers for their children notwithstanding opportunities to use other sources of financing to cover said expenses.

July 22, 2010