On 9 August President Edgars Rinkēvičs visited the State Police, where he met with the Chief of the State Police Armands Ruks and the management team and discussed the current challenges in attracting human resources, improving the remuneration system and working environment.
During the meeting, President Rinkēvičs welcomed the ongoing structural reforms in the State Police, as a result of which the police are developing and becoming more open to the public. ‘Citizens come into contact with representatives of the State Police in the most unpleasant situations of their lives, seeking support and assistance, which you also provide. That is why the work of a police officer is one of the most difficult,’ said E. Rinkēvičs at the meeting, expressing his gratitude to every police officer who carries out their daily work.
During the meeting, the President of Latvia reiterated that national security is indivisible and it is necessary to strengthen the internal affairs services, including, but not limited to, the State Police, by addressing the issues of attracting human resources, remuneration system and improving the working environment.
The President also discussed with the management team of the State Police the recent hate crimes in Daugavpils and Jūrmala and the actions of the State Police. E. Rinkēvičs noted that in such hate and national security issues, punishments are too lenient and the involvement and actions of the State Police are particularly important from the outset.
At the end of the visit, the President of Latvia got acquainted with the activities of the Operational Command Centre and inspected the equipment, vehicles and special means of the State Police.