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SA: municipalities have to resolve public order problems more effectively

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt was concluded in the audit regarding the work performed by municipalities in ensuring public order that the views society and municipalities have on public order often differ, as reported by State Audit.

«We all want to feel safe – it is one of the most basic needs for everyone. This is why municipalities should form a system for ensuring public order that would comply with residents’ interests and help resolve existing problems. To exact changes, we have developed a tool that will help every municipality hear society’s needs, survey problems and ensure cooperation. We have concluded that similar problems are found in different areas. Results of our study will provide opportunities for people to learn and improve their work,» says Elita Krūmiņa, Chief of State Audit.

Different municipalities have different approaches for ensuring public order within their administrative territories – some form their own or joint police force with other municipalities and entrust specific matters to administrative inspectorates.

The State Audit covered work performed by 15 municipalities and concluded that the range of matters to be resolved is similar in many parts of Latvia even though the approaches to secure public order differ from municipality to municipality.

It should be said that some of the most common problems mentioned by residents in relation to improving public order include alcohol consumption, non-compliance with road traffic regulations, problems caused by children and youngsters and hooliganism. Residents from certain municipalities mentioned problems like the deficit of police officers, insufficient police patrols, poor lighting of streets, as well as presence of illegal trade of cigarettes and alcohol.

Auditors concluded that municipal institutions responsible for upholding public order should present specific objectives. Municipalities should improve their accounting procedures and mutual transactions if completion of police objectives is delegated to another municipality.

By introducing recommendations proposed by the State Audit, municipalities will be able to access to options to further improve the quality of their public order measures.

State Audit has agreed with Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments on organization of special training seminars. This will help auditors survey results and propose solutions for existing problems.

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