The Bill on Amendments to the Assistant Police Officer Act (631 SE), which provides for creating more flexible possibilities to involve assistant police officers in police work, passed the first reading at the extraordinary session of the Riigikogu.
Under the current Act, assistant police officers can assist the police in law enforcement and traffic supervision. The Bill formulates more clearly the possibilities to involve assistant police officers in other activities, for example, to involve them in the work of the criminal police. It is intended to give additional rights, for example, the right to detain traffic offenders, to assistant police officers acting independently. At present, they need permission from the police to respond. It is also intended to extend the possibilities for assistant police officers to use a firearm, and to authorise them to use electric shock weapons. The Bill is also intended to harmonise the uniform of police officers and assistant police officers.
The Internal Security Development Plan 2015-2020 provides that the network of assistant police officers should be extended and strengthened, especially in low density regions. As the contribution of assistant police officers is increasing year by year, and they are gaining importance as partners in ensuring internal security, it is important to ensure flexible possibilities in involving volunteers.
Jüri Adams (Estonian Free Party) took the floor during the debate.
The Bill on Amendments to the Assistant Police Officer Act (631 SE) was initiated by members of the Riigikogu Jaak Madison, Kalle Laanet, Jaanus Karilaid, Toomas Vitsut, Raivo Aeg, Uno Kaskpeit, Valdo Randpere, Külliki Kübarsepp, Margus Tsahkna and Liisa Oviir.
Aivar Surva, who assumed membership of the Riigikogu in connection with Deniss Boroditš’s resignation, took his oath of office before the Riigikogu. The new Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Rene Tammist also took his oath of office. In connection with the resumption of Urve Palo’s mandate, the mandate of substitute member Liisa Oviir terminates on 22 August.
The sitting began at 10 a.m. and ended at 11.21 a.m.
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