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MOSCOW, May 29 (Itar-Tass) — District police officers should intensify the targeted preventive work and track down all negative processes in the residential housing sector, Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said at a meeting of the Interior Ministry board that was devoted to the struggle against crime in the residential sector on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately it should be stated today that district police officers usually do not do a proper targeted preventive work. In particular, people with previous convictions, people inclined to offences, alcohol and drug addicts were not put under the efficient control. The chiefs of the specific police departments should put this work under special control and take some measures to improve it,” Kolokoltsev said.
The police reports often contain false figures, but not the results of the real work, he said. “This situation is just inadmissible and the chiefs, who will keep working in the same way, will be punished severely,” the interior minister warned.
Meanwhile, he noted that district police officers, who actually do the preventive work, bear a too heavy workload. “A detailed sociological survey with the participation of the public was conducted recently in Moscow in order to examine the workload on the district police officer. The sociological survey found that the district police officers should work at least for 16 hours a day to fulfil all his duties,” the minister said.
“Certainly, it is difficult to work with such a heavy workload. As a result the district police officers do not track down properly the negative processes, which are going on in the residential sector, including those related with household crime, do not have the information about family debauchers, unfavourable families and household crimes, the lifestyle and ties of people put on the preventive crime registers. In several regions district police officers do not expose and curb drug crimes in their district and rarely bust drug holes,” Kolokoltsev said.
“I draw attention of the police chiefs at all levels to set priorities in your work for people,” the Russian interior minister underlined.