RIGA - The training of police officers in Latvia needs to be improved, but not necessarily in the form of the previous Police Academy, such an opinion was expressed by the new Minister of the Interior Marija Golubeva (For Development) on Latvian Radio.
According to the politician, it is clear to her that education should be organized at all levels throughout the career of police officers, but she is not convinced that the structure of education should necessarily be called an academy and be restored in the form of the previous Police Academy.
Speaking about the problems in the interior services, Golubeva reminded that they have poor technical equipment, low wage problems, etc. "Some sort of wage increase must take place as soon as possible," the minister said, adding that she had spoken to Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) on the issue before taking office.
"There is quite a lot of work to be done," Golubeva said of the interior affairs area she is now in charge of, adding that she would learn more about the sector's problems today at 11 a.m., when she will meet with the heads of all departments.
Explaining how the sector of interior affairs has come under the responsibility of For Development and how she herself had become a candidate for the post of minister, Golubeva admitted that she could not say that she has targeted this particular post in the past, but she must be ready to take on responsibilities of the various ministers.