More Estonians want to become assistant police officers
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.