Police wages in Estonia raised by cutting number of jobs
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.