The speech of President of the Artsakh Republic Bako Sahakyan delivered at the reporting meeting of the Police board summarizing the results of 2009 operative activities
Respected servicemen of the Police,
First of all I would like to congratulate all of you on moving to a new and comfortable building. I hope the improvement of working conditions will have a positive impact on the work of the structure.
Our meetings and discussion of problems the Police face have become both a good tradition and an acceptable working style.
Overall, I qualify satisfactory the work of the NKR Police in 2009. Positive changes and shifts are evident. First of all, I would like to emphasize the fact that the number of crimes has diminished by 98 cases. The crime rate per ten thousand people in the republic constituted 41,1 against 48,5 in 2008. This is one of the lowest figures worldwide, which, of course, testifies high level of social security in our country.
About 2% increase of criminal cases solved rate is also positive trend. It has reached 92% in the republic, while in the Kashatagh region the figure is 100%.
The number of criminal cases has diminished sharply; in capital Stepanakert they diminished by 23%, in the Martakert region by 33% and in the Askeran region by 43%. At the same time tangible increase of crime cases has been registered in the Kashatagh and Shoushi regions - 52% and 84% respectively. The number of offences registered within the sphere of crime detection has also increased sharply in the Shoushi region, which gives rise to serious concern. Such state of affairs is impermissible. The activities in this sphere should be reinforced and favorable results should be achieved within the shortest time possible, especially taking into consideration the large-scale programs to be carried out in Shoushi by joint efforts of the world-spread Armenians.
Due to the purposeful activity carried out in 2009 in the overall structure of crimes the number of offences registered within the sphere of crime detection presenting utmost and immediate danger for a person has decreased by 18%.
The prevention of second offences should be considered among the primary tasks. The number of people committed second offence in 2009 more than 1.5 times exceeded that of 2008, which is also the result of insufficient work and weak control. District inspectors have to play a substantial role in this sphere. Full-fledged activity of this important institute should be in the spotlight of the Police leadership.
In spite of the fact that the rate of completed criminal cases being under the conduct of investigators has essentially increased from 56% to 71%, it is necessary pay serious attention to the double increase of the cases completed with the violation of the schedule date. It reflects insufficient level of professionalism, impartiality and resoluteness of some servicemen of the Police.
It is necessary further strengthen the control over the custodial control. The registered suicide case of in the pre-trial prison gives rise to serious concern.
In making struggle against criminality more effective the persistent work directed at crime prevention is of utmost importance. In this context it is important enlarge and further deepen cooperation with appropriate structures. Tightening ties with the Police and other structures of the Republic of Armenia is crucial too.
The effective resolution of the problems put before the Police to a great extent depends on proper cadre policy. Certain work has been conducted in this direction. The bulk of policemen are carrying out their duties honorably. Corruption risks have decreased as a result of measures undertaken in 2009. I have had an opportunity to assess this process.
However, all these do not mean that there are no unsolved problems concerning the proper recruitment and appointment of cadres. The authorities of the state in their turn will carry out necessary measures to improve social and working conditions of the Police servicemen.
Summing up I would like to mention that the tasks of the Police are difficult and responsible. It is also due to the principle and purposeful work of this structure that legality, law and order are preserved, the interests and rights of the citizens are protected in our country. I want to be sure that the leadership and every serviceman of the Police will keep doing his best to realize the assigned tasks efficiently.
Stepanakert, February 3, 2010.