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Interior Minister Radu Stroe has ordered a series of checks at county police inspectorates to see if ethics and professional deontology criteria are observed, identify and punish gender discrimination and other such illegal practices.
By order of Interior Minister Radu Stroe, specialised teams from the central body of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MAI) and Romanian Police Inspectorate General will visit several county police inspectorates in the country to check the observance of ethics and professional deontology norms. The checks are organised as a result of numerous scandals involving the Romanian Police lately, such as the recent rape allegation at IPS Olt. The inspection teams will also include sociologists, psychologists and officers working in the control structures. The inspectors will talk to all the female workers in the Romanian Police. Currently 8,809 women work in the Romanian Police. During the verification mission, situations of inappropriate work relations between superiors and subordinates, gender discrimination and other aspects regarding the work climate are to be identified. The leadership of MAI reaffirms its willingness to identify and drastically sanction any attitude that violates legal norms, interior regulations and professional ethnics and deontology specific for the police force. Interior Minister Radu Stroe said yesterday that the verifications would last two weeks. ‘We must deal with the situation once and for all,’ Stroe said. ‘These are not classic thematic checks that you know. These are ‘blitz checks that will last about two weeks and will include all 40 inspectorates. They will consider two lines – the police one, which is correct and natural, and the one that is less visible. We need to do this and finish with it, identify the cases. I understand we should expect more issues at Ilfov and Sibiu,’ Stroe said. On the other hand, the minister warned that in Romania there are 52,000 policemen and that irregularities are present in very few situations, insisting on the respect for the policeman profession. Interior Secretary of State Anghel Andreescu also made statements on the recent Police scandals yesterday. He said there were indications that issues might also be present at the Canine Centre in Sibiu and that a chief of service from the Slatina NCO School is accused of a former female subordinate of sexual harassment. The head of the Sibiu Canine Centre says the sexual harassment and assault allegations are false. The Police has been recently shaken by another massively publicised scandal. A Bals policewoman and her former superior ended up in hospital as the woman stabbed the man several times. The policewoman says she had been repeatedly raped by her boss during a whole year and that she had been threatened by him, other Police heads and even the chief of the Olt County Police.Information was published yesterday that the stabbed policeman had successfully passed the lie detector test, claiming he had never raped his subordinate. ‘I had another option, the true one (…). Ask her why she attacked me (…). I did not rape her. I have said this a hundred times,’ Chief-Commissar Gheorghe Barbu said yesterday. The Olt County sex scandal is not the only one in Romanian Police lately. A Bihor policeman was also arrested on Wednesday for soliciting EUR 1,000 from two thieves as well as sexual favours from the daughter of one of them in order to have Oradea Court of Appeal judges help them with their case. lfov Police chief Emanuel Marin Nica, currently undergoing subject to a disciplinary investigation after the control introduced at his institution following the killing of the Japanese student Yurika Masuno last year, has been dismissed from office, Police sources told Mediafax on Thursday.