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IDB: it is too soon to expect corruption to go down in traffic monitoring field

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSociety’s condemnation of bribery is positive, but it is currently too soon to expect the problem of bribery in road traffic monitoring field to go down, admits Internal Security Bureau chief Valters Mūrnieks.

In 2016, IDB commenced six criminal processes for bribery in road traffic monitoring field. Five such cases have been launched in the first nine months of 2017. This information, however, does not reflect the actual situation, because other criminal processes that in production by IDB detail information about several bribery cases that involve road traffic police officers.

The fact that society is gradually becoming more condemning towards bribery is good, because IDB has had multiple cases when the act of bribery was discovered thanks to information provided by residents.

The last such case was 8 September, when information about a bribe request and acceptance was provided to IDB.

The bureau immediately launched a criminal process and detailed two officials of State Police. Both are now suspects.

«Considering that, saying that the bribery problem in road traffic monitoring has reduced would be too soon,» said Mūrnieks through a press representative.

State Police Head Public Order Police Department Chief Artis Velšs reported at the beginning of September that police do everything they can to reduce corruption in road traffic monitoring.

In 2015, a total of 180 cases in which drivers had given bribes to road traffic police officials were registered. 192 cases were registered in 2016. In the first seven months of 2017, police registered 59 cases.

Seven years ago, State Police changed its tactics when it comes to corruption prevention and decided to focus more on catching drivers in the act. Police regularly report almost every bribery case to the press.

Since then, preventive measures, technological and organizational solutions have been introduced to prevent bribery cases.

Velšs does not deny that road police and patrols that come into contact with resident on a daily basis are at the risk the most. Nevertheless, the situation is vastly different from what it was in the ‘90s and the beginning of 2000.


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