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In accordance with the recommendations of the Structural Reforms Support Program project of the European Commission, in order to increase the capacity of the Main Criminal Police Department, changes in functions and structure have been made on July 1, which actually came into force on August 1 of this year.
“Current issues in the work of the criminal police, general crime trends and new challenges include the transformation of crime into the virtual environment as well as the development of technology. These aspects also require an innovative approach and effective action from the police, which is also the basis of the restructuring of the Main Criminal Police of the VP,” said the VP chief Armand Ruk.
With the changes, there are seven departments under the Central Criminal Police, each of which specializes in the investigation and prevention of specific crimes, as well as one office.
Andrejs Grishins, the head of the main criminal police department, expressed confidence that these reforms will bring new forces and energy to the work of the criminal police, that they will strengthen the police.
In order to ensure a more effective fight against serious and organized crime, the former Organized Crime Combating Department of the Main Criminal Police Department and the Criminal Investigation Department have been merged, creating the Organized Crime Serious and Serial Crime Fighting Department of the Main Criminal Police Department.
Four departments have united under it – the Department for the Detection of Murders, the Department for Combating Illegal Traffic in Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors, the Department for Combating the Development of Organized Criminal Groups and Illegal Excise Goods Traffic, as well as the Department for Combating Human Trafficking and Pimping, Criminal Offenses Against Sexual Integrity.
At the same time, a new structural unit was established within the main criminal police – the Cybercrime Combating Administration. Until now, the police did not have a central specialized structural unit whose competence would include the prevention and combating of all cybercrimes and crimes in the field of high technology, as well as the accumulation of knowledge and skills on newly discovered phenomena in the field of information technology.
The core of the new administration consists of the former Cybercrime Combating Department of the Economic Crimes Administration and the Infotechnical Group of the Information Department of the Criminal Police Administration of the Riga Regional Administration.
In light of today’s challenges, the next key strategic objectives for the new Cybercrime Agency will be to investigate and prevent crimes with a wide public resonance, significant scale, cross-regional and cross-border dimensions, which are directed against the automated data processing system, threaten the general security and public order, as well as fundamental rights of individuals online and information technology in the field of finance, while strengthening public awareness of safe Internet use.
A significant addition to the Main Criminal Police Department is the inclusion of the Criminalistics Department in its composition, thus promoting a closer connection of the field of forensics with the investigation. Previously, the Criminalistics Department was a separate structural unit.
In the structure of the Office for Combating Economic Crimes, there remain two departments responsible for the investigation of crimes such as money laundering and crimes in the financial system, as well as fraud, embezzlement, production and distribution of counterfeit money, crimes against the natural environment, and the investigation of copyright violations of unlicensed audiovisual content. (TV) field.
The structural reforms have affected the Criminal Intelligence Department of the Main Criminal Police Department, which is responsible for information analysis, management and improvement of the criminal investigation process, and other tasks.
On the other hand, the structure and purpose of the International Cooperation Department of the Main Criminal Police Department remain unchanged – to strengthen the capacity of the police in the field of international cooperation and information exchange with foreign law enforcement institutions and international organizations. Likewise, the other structural units of the Main Criminal Police Department have also remained unchanged.
In addition to the above-mentioned reforms of the functions and structure of the structural units of the Main Criminal Police Department, changes have also been made to the list of positions in the main department, without reducing the number of human resources.