Every police officer in Russia must study law – minister

IZHEVSK, August 9 (Itar-Tass) —— Every police officer in Russia must be a law school graduate, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev told Udmurtia police chiefs on Tuesday.

“Everyone who has no diploma of a law school will have to study,” he said.

It appeared in the appraisal of the police personnel that the majority of officers did not study law, he said.

“Many have higher or vocational training, but have not studied at law schools,” he said.

The Police Law submitted by President Dmitry Medvedev to the State Duma in June sets higher requirements for education of police officers, Nurgaliyev said.

“This law must be fulfilled strictly, without any revisions,” he concluded.

The reform will also provide a number of incentives for police officers.

Incomes of police officers will double on January 1, 2012, Nurgaliyev told Ulyanovsk police chiefs earlier in the day.

“Incomes of police officers will nearly double by January 1, 2012, while salaries will grow four times,” he said.

For instance, the salary of a police senior lieutenant with a labor record from five to ten years will grow from monthly 22,700 rubles to 49,000 rubles, Nurgaliyev said.

“A district police chief in the rank of a police lieutenant colonel with a labor record of 15 years will have the monthly salary increased from 48,900 rubles to 74,300 rubles,” he said.

A police colonel with a labor record of 20 years in the rank of a department head “will have the salary of 82,800 rubles since January 2012, as compared with 40,600 rubles now,” he said.

“In this case, we may be choosy in filling the vacancies,” Nurgaliyev said.

In his words, the increase of incomes of police officers has been coordinated with the Finance Ministry.


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