What are recent trends in Belarus' law enforcement system?

What are recent trends in Belarus' law enforcement system?

The safety of Belarusians was discussed today, on January 28 in Minsk at a board of the Interior Ministry. The Belarus President took part in the meeting. Alexander Lukashenko criticized the ministry for some innovations, but at the same time pointed out that a positive results were achieved in a number of areas in 2015. Notably, Belarusians also agree with this. According to a study of the Information Analytical Center at the Presidential Administration, more than 80% of respondents feel safe when they are on the street or in public places.

Igor Shunevich, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
The result of the measures taken by the internal affairs authorities to ensure the rule of law in public places was the reduction in the number of crimes. The number of murders and intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm, robbery and theft went down too. However, a reverse trend is observed in hooliganism manifestations. Here, an increase is almost 40%. This leads to a need to improve response measures. 

Drug crimes is one of the problems of recent times. In general, a lot has been done to fight against drugs. More than 7,000 drug-related crimes were solved and 39 drug supply channels closed.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Persistence and system solutions in the area of ​​combating drug trafficking really allowed us to reverse the situation in the most threatened areas. Also, we puts a barrier to the spread of spices. Amendments to the conditions of serving the sentence by persons convicted of drug offenses excluded the expansion of the range of their customers. At the legislative level, an efficient system has been created, which determines the powers of all state bodies in their fight against these evils.

The fight against corruption has been very active in Belarus. Last year alone, more than a thousand of corruption facts were revealed.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Belarusian police see everything and know everything that is happening in society. However, some are silent, some cover businessmen and, moreover, are involved in these schemes. Corruption is not thriving in the Interior Ministry but nevertheless this evil still lives here and there. This is the most alarming. The most powerful prevention is the certainty of punishment, the most severe punishment of those who use the state pocket when talking about economy. State control over economic processes is important and necessary. However, this work should be preventive in nature. I just spoke about this. If you are guilty, you need to be punished to the fullest.

One of the proposals in 2016 is the liberalization of administrative responsibility. It concerns minor violations. The innovations pertain first of all to traffic police.

For example, a forgotten driver's license should no longer be a cause of penalty.

Now police have databases that allow them to efficiently identify any car and person in a flash.

However, innovations will not affect those who drive drunk. Alexander Lukashenko asked about the effect of a ban to sell alcohol during the night?

Alexander Lukashenko:
Alcohol was still spread at night by taxi drivers and others. The police informs that this has become a kind of business. Of course, I would like to get an answer to this question. Where to ban? How to ban? At what time to ban?           

There have been fewer family and domestic crimes over the last year In many ways, it has become possible because police now knows how to fight the rowdy. 

Belarusians in general approve of police's work. More than 70% are satisfied, while only 5% are dissatisfied. Attention was paid to the quality of police officers - professionalism, efficiency, responsibility and politeness.

"Civil patrols" in Belarusian cities and towns must become a common practice. 

Every police officer remains such even after work, said the President.

Nevertheless, more attention should be paid to the protection of the elderly and lonely. Especially in the village are there many of the victims. More than half of registered crimes are thefts. This is largely due to lack of preventive work.

Ordinary Belarusians note positive results in the work of many state departments. The State Control Committee, the KGB, police, traffic police, prosecutors, and courts.   About 67% of the respondents trust law enforcement agencies.   In short, the discussion turned out really effective. The participants developed the main directions of work for 2016. Among them are more productive fight against theft, crime in rural areas and a careful approach to the selection of personnel.

Alexander Lukashenko:
The situation demands the most careful approach to the selection and staff placement. You are on the right track, you cannot stop. Those who deserve it need to be awarded and encouraged. Betrayal is intolerable. For me, the worst thing, when an employee of the KGB (the truth, it is almost an exception), the police, the prosecutor's office, the Investigative Committee, people in uniform, cover up some crimes and take part in them by betraying the interests of the service, passing information to criminals somehow and so on. I do not understand these people. It is necessary to thoroughly and comprehensively carry out the analysis of the crime situation and then figure out what should be changed. You cannot act blindly. You have good analysts. Having analyzed it all you can make suggestions. Our police must be intolerable to those who commit crimes. There must be fierce principles. Clean yourselves and your ranks. You must be incorruptible, beyond suspicion.