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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUGuntars Markitans, deputy chief of State Police’s Riga Regional Department, decided to leave his post in police force on Thursday, 23 March, because of reaching appropriate pension age.

Starting from Thursday, Markitans’ duties will be delegated to Aleksandrs Bukevics, Chief of Public Order Police Office of Riga Regional Department.

Guntars Markitans has worked at State Police for nearly 40 years.

The decision in regards to the approval of a new head for the aforementioned department will be made in the nearest future.

«Riga region differs from other Latvian regions, because, considering the large number of residents, more than 50% of crimes are committed in Riga region. There is no doubt that it is Latvia’s financial and economic centre, which also hosts the majority of important public events,» Kuzis said. «This is why Riga region has more challenges in regards to crime prevention and public order than any other Latvian region. This is why we need a highly-professional person with experience and knowledge in personnel management on the highest level.»

As previously reported, Nekā personīga had acquired information that Chief of Riga Region Police Department Guntars Markitans had exceeded the permitted speed limit while driving a police car. A police patrol that was nearby when it happened stopped him. Markitans made it look as though he was performing a police inspection and left the scene without getting punished.

«Internal Security Bureau has commenced a criminal process in regards to state official’s negligence,» says IDB representative Diana Petersa.

Petersa did not say if this criminal process is launched in relation to Markitans or the police officers that caught him exceeding the allowed speed limit in his car.

State Police spokesperson Dairis Anucins explains that Markitans’ decision to retire will not affect the matter regarding the application of administrative penalty for exceeding the speed limit.

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