If state cannot invest in infrastructure of internal security, society should step up in ensuring public order – Girgens

  • 2019-03-05
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA – If the state cannot ensure a sufficient amount of investments in sustainable internal security infrastructure solutions, then possibly the society should step up in esnuring public order, said Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV LV) during a meeting with representatives of the Association of Latvia's Large Cities (LLPA) and chiefs of municipal police.

The minister’s aide Karlis Miksons told LETA that Girgens has underscored the necessity to work “shoulder by shoulder” to successfully invest in state security and different preventive measures.

Girgens also said that it is necessary to place different video surveillance systems in cities and towns in order to successfully aid State Police in preventing crimes and identifying offenders.

Representatives of municipal police offices underscored the necessity for coordination of municipal police in all regions.

LLPA chairman Viktors Valainis (Greens/Farmers) told LETA that the meeting had been held in a positive mood.

“We mostly discussed practical issues – how to promote cooperation between local governments and State Police,” he said, adding that a task force will be established to discuss cooperation.