Po­lice wages in Es­to­nia raised by cut­ting num­ber of jobs

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Less po­lice of­fi­cers are vis­i­ble on the streets in Es­to­nia as the coun­try’s Po­lice and Bor­der Guard has con­ducted a re­duc­tion of the num­ber of po­si­tion to in­crease wages of pa­trolling of­fi­cers, thus work­ing on a more mo­ti­vated force since 2015.

Es­to­nian pub­lic broad­caster ERR re­ported on Tues­day, Au­gust 21, cit­ing daily Es­to­nian Pos­timees and re­gional news­pa­per Sakala that Po­lice and Bor­der Guard Board (PPA) Di­rec­tor Gen­eral El­mar Va­her has ex­plained that at the end of 2014, the PPA was forced to choose: to con­tinue the way, where pa­trol of­fi­cers and other op­er­a­tive work­ers con­tinue to quit the po­lice force or to in­ter­fere. «If I had to choose be­tween keep­ing a lot of but un­der­mo­ti­vated peo­ple on the force and paying a smaller num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers as dig­ni­fied a salary as pos­si­ble, then I am definitely in favour of ev­ery ad­di­tional euro go­ing to­ward in­creas­ing the wages of ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ees,» Va­her stated.

Es­to­nia plans to in­crease the fund­ing of the PPA in the 2019 state bud­get so that the agency could pay pa­trol of­fi­cers an av­er­age gross monthly salary of 1,400 eu­ros.

AFP/SCANPIX

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