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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s state law enforcement institutions join forces to combat crime. Work groups first meeting already held, as reported by State Police representatives.

On Friday, 26 May, State Police held the first meeting of the national law enforcement institutions’ work group meeting ‘National Criminal Intelligence Model’. For the first time in Latvia’s history, managers of all law enforcement institutions in the country met to search for solutions to work in a unified model in order to secure the best possible information exchange and plan a joint action strategy to combat crime.

«Crime investigation model is one of the most important tools for proactive and efficient work for crime prevention. It effectively reduces crime and allows authorities to prioritize the work of State Police in crime prevention, reducing resource consumption and increasing society’s overall safety. The goal of this model is the creation of a unified criminal intelligence system for national law enforcement and security institutions in order to effectively realize the strategy for combating crime,» SP representatives explain.

The meeting led by Chief of State Police Ints Kuzis, was attended by representatives of all law enforcement institutions in Latvia: State Border Guard, Security Police, State Revenue Service’s Finance Police, State Revenue Service’s Customs Police, Money Laundering Prevention Service, Internal Security Bureau and Prosecutor General’s Office.

Interior Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis emphasized the work invested in this project’s creation. «This project was first started in Denmark during one of the Council of Ministers meeting five years ago. I talked to my colleagues, asked them if they can share some experience. They supported this idea, and so this project was made. Crime has no borders, and so we must reduce borders among law enforcement institutions, because we all have the same goal – to keep the country and society safe from crime,» said Kozlovskis.

SP also reports that decisions were made on several important matters during the meeting. This includes organization of practical work among law enforcement institutions, development of a crime prevention plan and support of the creation of a criminal intelligence support information system.

Looking back at accomplishments, Kuzis said: «What is important the most is that a mechanism has been created to ensure systematic cooperation among law enforcement institutions for organization of practical measures for crime prevention – exchange of information, coordination of joint investigations, prevention of crimes and apprehension of criminals.»

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