Thousands of people on Sunday attended the funeral of police officer Sorin Vezeteu, who was murdered on Thursday evening at Burdujeni railway station, Suceava County, at his hometown of Dumbraveni.
A religious ceremony took place at the Dumbraveni church, after which the funeral cortege went to the cemetery where Viziteu was buried with military honours.
A large number of his colleagues from the Railway Transport Police, employed by the Suceava County Police Inspectorate, the County Police Inspectorate and the Suceava Emergency Inspectorate, relatives, friends and local people showed up to accompany Vezeteu on his last journey.
Also attending the church funeral service was Interior Minister Carmen Dan.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Saturday signed a decree for the posthumous decoration of police sub-inspector Dumitru Constantin Sorin Vezeteu who had been stabbed to death at the Burdujeni railway station in Suceava on Thursday night by 23-year-old Ioan Besa.
The decoration was made on a proposal from the Interior Minister Carmen Dan.
At the same time, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose announced on Saturday that train station patrols will no longer be provided by single officers.
IntMin Dan: We need legislation that supports police authority
Interior Minister Carmen Dan said Sunday in Suceava that a very clear legislation is needed that supports the authority of the police and the riot gear they can use when enforcing the law.
“We have to bring people well-trained people to the Police, because such instances must never happen again; we must have riot gear the Police can use when enforcing the law; we must have very well-defined legislation to support the authority of the Police officers. We will be acting in this sense,” Dan told the funeral of policeman Sorin Vezeteu, who was stabbed to death while on a mission at Suceava Train Station.
She said that she had convened the representative trade unions for Monday morning to also discuss the Police laws.
“I would like all those who feel the need for an open discussion with the minister and the Ministry of Interior’s leadership team to show up. Because there has been talk of the Police laws lately, and because I have noticed that, and nothing happened, I want to invite everyone who is in the streets every day facing such serious problems, those who are at risk to bring their contribution. This is a public invitation I am launching to rural policemen, the highway, transport and proximity police forces. They are those who work in extremely sensitive areas and who really have neither the support of the authority nor the means necessary to carry out their duty under good circumstances and feel protected, ” said Dan, adding that she would like the Police laws to originate with the Police instead of with the ministry.
At the same time, Dan pointed out that the Police human resources shortage needs to be overcome.
“No matter how hard it is to us, we have to admit that at present the Police are alone in many situations, when patrolling, because there is no personnel … This cannot change overnight, but as we have managed so far, we will bring people into the system in a few months’ time, I want a long-time approach, to know what can we do right now and what we can do in time to cover this huge shortage, “said Dan.
According to her, another concern of the ministry is the provision of riot gear.
“In the immediate run, we are considering solutions for the Police to be equipped with the minimum of what we can provide now. I mean stab proof vests and vehicles to be used when on missions,” Dan said.
She added that legislative support for the Police is very important, and, together with the ministries of justice and finance, she will seek solutions to bring about improvements.
“No matter how much we want people in the system to be equipped with everything they need to intervene, they also need to be supported by legislation. We are talking about reconsidering the offences of contempt of cop, disturbing the peace and the use of weapons (…), ” Dan said.