Krasnodar, 28 November – Yug Times. Our today’s interviewee is Vladimir Andreyev, head of the Krasnodar regional police department.
Q.: How many crimes have been recorded this year in the region?
A.: Since the beginning of the year, we have recorded over 54,000 crimes. What has reduced is the number of impingements on the lives and health of citizens, and the number of crimes against personal and property security – murders, willful grievous bodily harms, robberies, home burglaries and car thefts. During the past few years, the so-called remote frauds have been the most widely spread crimes. Since the beginning of 2019, over 5,500 frauds connected with the use of Internet, mobile communications and credit cards have been registered.
Q.: Is there such a phenomenon as ‘seasonal crimes’?
A.: Of course, during the summer season pecuniary crimes stir big alarm. I am confident that prevention activities should be of great importance in this sphere.
Q.: Does the so-called ‘children’s’ law work in reality?
A.: Let’s have a look at the statistics: in 2008, 47,000 underage transgressors were detained; for nine months of this year, the figure is fewer than 10,000 – so there is direct evidence of reduction in numbers. During the years of the ‘children’s’ law, the total numberof crimes committed by teenagers has more than halved – from 2,300 in 2008 down to 990 in 2018. The number of wrongdoings committed by underage persons at night in public places has also reduced by 20%.
Q.: What is the situation with filling up the positions of district police officers?
A.: At the local level, the staff is filled up nearly by 90%. Today, there are 1,850 district police officers in the region, of whom about 1,000 serve in rural localities. The average age of our district police officer is 25 to 30 years. Two thirds of them have served for less than three years. The practice shows that upon graduating the police schools, young lieutenants are usually not fully prepared to settle the conflicts arising among citizens due to the lack of experience and professional skills. This fact results in shortages in manning the position.
Q.: How do the police fight for the purity of their ranks?
A.: Each appointment must be approved by our Professional Standards Division. This year, they have performed over 9,000 approvals of various posts. Besides, our HR Department has performed 285 inspections of claimed violations of anticorruption law. Two hundred and twenty-five officers have been brought to disciplinary responsibility, of whom seven were discharged for loss of trust.
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