More police and new regional structure
The size of Luxembourg's Police force should be expanded by up to 320 officers over the next three years, a police audit has proposed.
The controversial audit carried out by MindForest was presented by Minister Etienne Schneider to the public on Monday. Its findings were based on interviews and surveys conducted with around half of the people employed in the police force, with the aim of improving public safety.
In the 400 pages of findings and conclusions, the auditors call for 320 additional officers to be recruited and trained over the next three years.
This, the report found, would supplement the 2,000-strong police force, enabling it to work effectively in tackling crime.
The 320 posts work out at roughly 50 new recruits per year when taking into account the 30 to 40 officers retiring annually.
Other proposals in the audit include reducing the number of police regions to be reduced to three: Diekirch, Luxembourg and Esch, down from six. The Judicial system, meanwhile, would see the number of regions fall from three to two, with Diekirch and Luxembourg-Ville managing future cases. Esch's Judicial region would be absorbed into that of Luxembourg-Ville.
The human resources department would see several changes under the audit proposals, meanwhile basic training of new recruits would be extended to three years, including one year of internships in specialised fields
Finally, the audit calls for a new career structure known as the "Carrière moyenne" to be introduced in-line with the system in the rest of the civil service.
On Monday, Minister Schneider gave his assurances that the government would provide the necessary means for the proposed reforms to be carried out.
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