ArmInfo.Reforms in the police system have been included in our campaign. On May 27 from the rostrum of the parliament during discussion of amendments to the laws "On Police" and "On Police Service", MP from the "My Step" bloc Armen Pambukhchyan stated.
He noted that the new Police would be able to strengthen public confidence in the body as a whole. <This will help change public attitudes towards the Police. Moreover, we believe that thanks to these reforms, the fight against crime will become more effective>, the MP emphasized.
In turn, MP from the "My Step" faction Sarkis Khandanyan noted that after the revolution this is one of the main reforms. <Thus, reforms in the police system begin. Speaking about human rights, we often encounter certain problems in the law enforcement system that should not be there. We also face various challenges related to opportunities and education. And this system will increase the capabilities and education of police officers. The main task of the patrol service will be to protect citizens. It is the police that will become friends of the people, and not vice versa>, the MP noted.
Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly from the Prosperous Armenia faction Vahe Enfiajyan noted that he welcomes such reforms. <In general, I am in favor of reforms in various systems in law enforcement agencies, including the Police. But, as of today there are bodies that are on the edge of the abyss, and very large funds are allocated for this system. It seems to me that in a crisis, it is better to distribute income>, the Vice-Speaker said.
Arkady Khachatryan, MP from the Prosperous Armenia faction, said this was a very important reform. <However, I believe that if the same policemen work in the new system, then essentially nothing will change. If we cannot make structural and systemic changes, then we will not succeed. And the connection of the people with the police will not begin to work. It is necessary to understand what requirements will be imposed on police officers so that all this changes the attitude towards the body as a whole>, Khachatryan stated.
In turn, in her closing speech, Deputy Minister of Justice Kristine Grigoryan noted that the reforms would not be superficial. Responding to a comment by Arkady Khachatryan, Grigoryan noted that she was aware that no change of equipment and clothing would solve systemic issues. <Testing will be conducted to determine the various qualities of the Police. They will implement various programs and courses to improve the quality of police education. Both priority tasks and less systemic ones will be included in these courses, in short, we will do our best to ensure that the police carry out structural and fundamental reforms, "the deputy minister concluded. To note, the parliament is considering a package of bills to amend the laws "On Police" and "On Police Service". The presented package proceeds from the reform strategy of the police system, approved by the government on April 23 and the program of measures for 2020-2023. The first reform package provides for the establishment of a patrol service, which will be different from the traffic police and the patrol service. The primary task of the patrol service will be to maintain public order, prevent crimes and facilitate their disclosure, as well as draw up acts of administrative offenses.
In forming the service, an open competition will be held. Prior to appointment to the respective posts, all candidates will have to undergo a 5-month special educational program. The patrol service will first be deployed in Yerevan, and is expected to happen in the first quarter of 2021. A year later, in the first quarter of 2022, it should be introduced in the regions of the country.