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Former chief of Zemgale Police join KNAB personnel selection process

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFormer chief of Latvia’s State Police’s Zemgale region’s office Haralds Laidins has decided to become a candidate for the post of chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau. Former chief of Finance Police Kaspars Cerneckis does not comment any personal thoughts of becoming a candidate for the aforementioned post.

Laidins, who is currently retired, says he was not encouraged by politicians to make this decision. After retiring, he realized he could apply his knowledge and experience some place else, and the post of chief of KNAB seems appealing to him.

Laidins served in the police since 1991. He became chief of Zemgale region’s police department in 2009. He believes he has enough experience to work as chief of KNAB, considering that a lot of emphasis was put on corruption prevention in road traffic matters in his previous post. Police under his leadership addressed problems with dishonest police officers and applied measures to catch drivers offering bribes to police officers. Data suggests that under Laidins’ management Zemgale region’s police force had the best results in catching dishonest drivers for bribe attempts. These results are also reflected in Latvia’s international score.

Laidins refused to voice his view for KNAB’s development. He said he wishes to tell it to the personnel selection committee. He did say he would have two priorities as chief of KNAB – restoration of the bureau’s microclimate and restoration of public trust in KNAB.

Laidins was reluctant to say which side is responsible for the ongoing internal conflicts within KNAB. According to him, work results are the most important factors to keep in mind. If the employee cannot achieve results, he should not work in KNAB. «Naturally, I not like the current situation in KNAB. It is not normal for this institution. People see it all, and there is no trust in the institution anymore,» – said Laidins.

Kaspars Cerneckis, former vice-director of the State Revenue Service for Crime Prevention, who was assigned the role of Director of SRS Tax Debt Collection Office in May, has yet to decide whether or not he wishes to become a candidate for the post of chief of KNAB.

«With all due respect, but I do not wish to comment anything,» – he said, answering the question about his possible involvement in the personnel selection process. When asked to clarify if any politicians have contacted him recently, Cerneckis again said he would not comment anything.

The State Chancellery does, meanwhile, does not reveal as to whether or not any applications have been received from potential candidates.

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