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State Audit Office: Interior Ministry should promote employees professional training

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The Interior Ministry (IM) has not ensured a single professional education system for public officials with special service ranks at the IM system colleges, the State Audit Office (SAO) has concluded.

The SAO notes that the IM has not taken the necessary steps to issue a legislative act of the IM system college funding procedure. As a result, the amount of allocated funds is not in compliance with the education programmes implemented at the colleges and the number of students. After analyzing the overall training process at IM system colleges during the period 2008 – 2010, it was found that the number of students has decreased by 28.8%, while the total number of employees – only by 8.2%, including the teaching staff – by 2.7%.

More than 4 000 public officials with inadequate education for their post are working at IM system services, of which the largest number – more than 2 400 officers without relevant professional education – are employed at the State Police (SP). The audit disclosed that the State Police College does not implement a training programme enabling people with prior work experience to obtain a certain professional qualification degree. In 2010, the State Police College trained 75 cadets in the study programme State Object Guard, who after graduation did not obtain the required second professional qualification level necessary for policeman’s post. However, these cadets were transferred to serve at the State Police Object Security Department as policemen.

When assessing the teaching staff schedulling at IM system collages, the SAO found that several SP’s officers are simultaneously working full-time at both the SP and the State Police College. Thus, there is a risk that an optimal performance of duties and work organization is not ensured, and the officials’ working time schedule might not be in line with the actual situation.

Moreover, the SAO notes that the IM has not provided adequate supervision of the implemented projects by the State Police College and the State Border Guard College for the study infrastructure development. For example, the State Police College implemented the Norwegian government’s bilateral financial mechanism project at the extent of 206 thousand lats to ensure the equipment of regional classrooms. However, contrary to the project agreement terms and the information given in the final report, more than half of the purchased equipment is located outside regional classrooms – the SP and the State Police College premises, including at the SP Chief and College Director’s offices – and the equipment worth 30.9 thousand lats is still being kept at the College’s storeroom year after its procurement.

In order to improve the IM system colleges performance, the IM has undertaken to implement the SAO recommendations. The Ministry will prepare and submit to the Cabinet of Ministers a regulations draft on the Ministry’s system college funding procedure, provide a draft of guidelines for the involvement of officers in the training process and supervise whether the subordinate institutions are carrying out amendments to the internal normative acts, stipulating fulfillment of official duties, organization of the working time and procedure of registration.


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  1. John Timmer says:

    it looks like the money went somewhere else

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