Anvelt: More local constables starting 2018 ({{commentsTotal}})

Andres Anvelt. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt (SDE) announced that beginning in 2018 the state would begin to raise the number of local constables, eventually appointing officers to 43 new positions.

“We’re planning for more constables precisely in rural areas,” Anvelt told ERR while on a visit to Saare County. He added that their work would emphasize preventive work, and strengthen local governments through the increased presence of the state.

Anvelt also said that due to the ongoing implementation of the Administrative Reform Act and the changes coming with it, the areas in which the constables would be active needed to be reviewed. The principle was that in the future also the smallest local administrative areas would have their own constable, the minister said.

In larger areas, there would be a larger number of constables as well, he added.

The work of the Rescue Board apparently won’t be affected to the same degree by the ongoing reform. At the same time, it would likely make sense for some of the country’s voluntary rescue groups to work together more closely, Anvelt said.

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