Police Shake-Up Continues ({{commentsTotal}})

Director General of the Police and Border Guard Board Elmar Vaher
Director General of the Police and Border Guard Board Elmar Vaher Source: Photo: ERR

The recently appointed head of the police and border guard, Elmar Vaher, announced two more changes to the leadership of the united institution, after the head of the border guard division resigned a fortnight ago.

In a press release on Tuesday, Vaher said he aims to bring the institution's departments closer together, and for that, he is building his own team. Vaher thanked the three top-level police officers for their dedicated work.

Rando Kruusmaa will take over at the helm of the border guard wing from Tõnu Hunt, whose departure was confirmed in June. Kruusmaa previously worked as the deputy head of the migration and border policy department at the Ministry of the Interior.

Krista Aas takes over from Raigo Haabu as head of the criminal investigations department and Joosep Kaasik will be the new chief of the law enforcement department.

Aas has previously worked for the Prosecutor's Office and the criminal police force, and Kaasik has been with the police since 1991.

Vaher told ETV on Tuesday that the other two deputy director generals will remain at their posts.

Fresh Air

According to Postimees, Vaher has bought in new blood to change the governing style of the nation's largest public sector institution, characterizing previous chief, Raivo Küüt's style as one of quiet acceptance.

Vaher, the daily speculates, was looking for leaders with courage to speak against the chief's decisions.