More Es­to­ni­ans want to be­come as­sis­tant po­lice of­fi­cers

The Baltic Times - - OUR COMMENTARY - BNS/TBT Staff

The num­ber of as­sis­tant po­lice of­fi­cers has crossed the 1,000 mark in Es­to­nia and more and more peo­ple are com­plet­ing the as­sis­tant po­lice of­fice train­ing pro­gram ev­ery year, spokes­peo­ple for the North pre­fec­ture of the po­lice say.

There’s an in­creas­ing num­ber of young peo­ple ap­ply­ing for the sta­tus of as­sis­tant po­lice of­fi­cer, who have taken in­creas­ing the se­cu­rity of the area where they live close to their heart. Al­to­gether dur­ing 2016, as­sis­tant po­lice of­fi­cers worked slightly less than 100,000 hours, in­clud­ing vol­un­teer of­fi­cers of the North pre­fec­ture’s 57,000 hours.

The vol­un­teer of­fi­cers en­gage in a broad va­ri­ety of du­ties in­clud­ing: man­ning pa­trols and serv­ing at de­ten­tion houses and the air­port. They also work in preven­tion and are present on the streets dur­ing pub­lic events. In Harju County, foot and car pa­trols of as­sis­tant po­lice of­fi­cers with an in­de­pen­dent ca­pa­bil­ity have been introduced.

The po­lice are plan­ning to in­crease the in­volve­ment of as­sis­tant po­lice of­fi­cers in re­gional po­lice work, the crim­i­nal po­lice and the border guard in the fu­ture. Be­sides, the qual­ity of train­ing of the vol­un­teer of­fi­cers as well as their equip­ment are to be up­graded.

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