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Lawmaker slams ‘wages of misery’ paid to police

Santo Domingo.- The chairman of the committee of Deputies studying the proposed Police Reform on  Wednesday slammed the “wages of misery” paid to agents, and questioned the fact that National Police officials and military officers own private security companies.

Elpido Baez also criticized the fact that officials who are criminal lawyers have active offices while prosecuting criminal cases for the National Police.

“There’s a conflict of interest, when you come to realize it, those clients of the law office are being prosecuted, or worse, a senior officer with a security company. Crime is increasing and those responsible for public safety have security companies, therefore they aren’t reliable,” the lawmaker said.

Baez added that Dominican Republic cannot talk about police reform when law enforcement officers are paid wages of misery. “A man in uniform, armed with the State authority cannot be paid paltry wages that push him to indelicate behavior. That’s not possible.”

Symbols of tyranny

The journalist Fausto Rosario said the National Police should be demilitarized and turn it into a civilian agency, starting with removing the symbols of the Trujillo tyranny he affirms are visible on police uniforms.

The editor in chief of acento.com.do also said it’s a mistake to leave the draft of the anticrime policies to Congress.

Source: DT

July 9, 2015

Category: DR News |

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