ZAGREB, Sept 29, 2020 – Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said on Tuesday security in Croatia was not undermined “in these extraordinary circumstances and special epidemiological conditions”, also underlining the importance of combating corruption and illegal migration.
Speaking at a ceremony marking Police Day, Bozinovic said security was not undermined “even during the tourist season.”
“With a set of new operative solutions and models of their implementation, the police have adjusted to changes in the commission of crimes caused by the epidemic, paying special attention to domestic violence and vulnerable groups.”
Bozinovic said illegal migration and the smuggling networks connected to them became active again after the spring lockdown, adding that the police met the rising trend prepared both technically and in terms of staff.
Police are doing their job responsibly and professionally
“The Croatian police are doing their job responsibly and professionally, focusing on priority problems,” he said, highlighting the fight against human trafficking, illegal migration, and corruption.
Bozinovic said emphasis would be put on digitalisation, efficiency, European funds, and streamlining civil protection. He added that 22 projects, worth HRK 117 million, had been launched to procure police equipment.
Milina: Fight against organised crime and corruption high on list of priorities
Police Director Nikola Milina thanked all police officers for their efforts after the March earthquake in the Zagreb area and during the coronavirus epidemic, saying he was also pleased with the efforts made to protect the external EU border, the longest land border on the migration route.
He recalled that in October 2019 Croatia met one of its strategic goals, technical readiness to join the Schengen Area, saying the next strategic priority was to become guardians of the Schengen border.
Milina recalled that over the past year the Croatian police had successfully carried out several operations at national and international level in which a large number of criminals were arrested.
“High on our list of priorities remains the fight against all forms of organised crime as well as the prevention of white collar and corruption crimes in all spheres of society.”
Milina said another priority was investigating all war crimes and that they would not stop until all were prosecuted.
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