Thursday, April 16 2020 11:37
Alexandr Avanesov

Armenian PM: It is necessary to change the image of the police so  that it matches the realities of the time

Armenian PM: It is necessary to change the image of the police so  that it matches the realities of the time

ArmInfo.Police reform remains on the agenda of the Armenian government. The Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced this on April 16before the cabinet meeting.

According to him, the police are the most important instrument for  maintaining public order. The level of protection of human rights,  the development of democracy, and the maintenance of political and  economic freedoms depend on the quality of its work. As Nikol  Pashinyan noted, in recent years, relations between the Armenian  police and the country's public were not always transparent, they  faced numerous difficulties, sometimes reaching crises. Today, as the  head of government continued, the main task of the authorities is to  increase public confidence in the work of the police, and this issue  is on the agenda of the executive body. Nikol Pashinyan noted that  for a long time, work has been ongoing on the development of a police  reform strategy. It was envisaged that as early as April 1, actions  in this direction were to begin, but the COVID-19 epidemic made  adjustments to these plans. Nevertheless, the reform of the system  continues to remain on the agenda of the government, as one of the  most important issues. The main task is to increase public confidence  in the activities of the police, and to improve the quality of its  work. "It is necessary to change the image of the police so that it  matches the realities of the new time," the prime minister said,  offering to honor the memory of all police officers who died in the  line of duty with a minute of silence. It should be noted that today,  April 16, the Armenian police celebrate their professional holiday.  Officially, Police Day was announced on April 16 in connection with  the adoption of the Law "On Police" in 2001.

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