President Traian Basescu yesterday called on police personnel to refuse, from now on, the dependence of their career from the momentary support of politicians, because political dependence “ties their hands” in their activity and their decisions, he said at the event in which the Interior Ministry (MAI) released its report for 2013, Mediafax informs.
“Unfortunately, no government during the last 20 years was interested to completely depoliticise the top structures of inspectorates,” Traian Basescu said. The president added that “for a police officer, the professional pride must be success in the career based on results, not on political support.”
“I emphasise, it is something that happened under all governments. And I feel it most acutely – when the minister changes, there is a wave of proposals for generals, like those advanced before are not good anymore,” Basescu mentioned.
Also, the president said there are signs of corruption inside the Interior Ministry (MAI), the Police and many times inside the Emergency Inspectorate (ISU), urging the Department of Intelligence and Internal Protection (DIPI) as well as the Directorate General Anti-Corruption (DGA) to take strong action against corruption.
‘I would mention something to DIPI and DGA. It is essential for us to protect the staff of the Interior Ministry against corruption. This is something that even if I did not say out loud you would believe I think of it. As the head of state, I cannot allow myself to come before you and not tell you what I think. There are certainly signs of corruption inside the ministry, the Police and many times inside ISU. We got used to picking on the small road police officers in the streets, but what I am urging you to do is to absolutely take stronger action, especially the MAI departments in charge with the fight against corruption. This institution will become and elite force when it has got rid of the corruption stains spread all over it from top to bottom,’ Basescu told.
On the other hand, the President congratulated the Organized Crime officers on their achievements together with prosecutors in dismantling local criminal rings. “I am convinced that you will continue and such groups will understand that the life of criminal is hard in a Romania where Police, the organized crime department do their job. Same as the life of criminal politicians is hard when state institutions do their job,” he added.
Regional realities show MAI departments should increase vigilance
The first message conveyed by the president in regional context is that MAI structures should increase their vigilance amidst the current regional realities. ‘Things seem to get complicated now, because MAI is not just a minister, as it is anchored in the regional realities most of times. It is the first security structure that has to visibly react when there are national security issues. The latest regional developments show us that at this moment the departments of the Interior Ministry has to increase their vigilance, and I mean her the Border Police, the intelligence departments and the Police, to a level that is higher than the usual one,’ Basescu told. He stated that this ministry certainly had positive results in 2013, although the year was not as difficult as 2009, 2010, 2011, but it was by no means an easy year.
Mission for MAI: Implementing the new penal codes
Among others, President Traian Basescu mentioned that an important mission of the ministry is to be able to implement the new codes this year – the Penal Procedure Code and the Penal Code. “We all know how complex this is, but it is fundamental for MAI, alongside prosecutors and judges, to function in a triangle that knows well the letter and spirit of the new codes,” the head of state said. Traian Basescu expressed his conviction that this will be achieved, because the training level of police personnel, first of those from the judiciary, intelligence, DGIPI, DGA structures is high enough to implement with relative ease the new codes.
PM, aware of the problems Police encounter
Also attending the MAI event was PM Victor Ponta, who told the audience that he knows the problems of Police, how hard it is to secure the needed vehicles, winter tires for traffic policemen on motorcycles, and new headquarters to replace those they lost following “dubious” procedures, and reassured them of his support. “We solve all these things together, in every day’s work, and I believe you deserve from me, as prime minister, complete support and consideration as long as you do your duty,” Ponta told the participants in the event.
Special Emergency Situations Committee meeting
Prime Minister Victor Ponta warned the members of the Special Emergency Situations Committee who met at Palatul Victoria that the Gov’t is “a difficult workplace with a high degree of risk involved,” but urged them to do their job because citizens expect solutions from the Government.
The members of the National Committee for Special Emergency Situations, run by Deputy Prime Minister Oprea, met yesterday to analyze the problems encountered by ministries and public institutions specializing in emergency situations. George Maior, head of the Romanian Intelligence Service, also took part in the meeting and expressed his wish that Committee members resort to this center as seldom as possible, although its services will undoubtedly be required.