I won’t stand down for failing professionally, says police chief

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I won’t stand down for failing professionally, says police chief

21. 04. 2017 13:37

Organisers of the Bratislava protest march against corruption on Tuesday (18-4) called for the Police Corps president Tibor Gašpar to stand down for inaction in investigating instances of corruption. To this, Gašpar stated that he doesn't feel the need to resign for any professional failure. "My role as police president is to ensure the fight against corruption from the material and personnel points of view, to provide police training and a certain strategy," he said, adding that he personally isn't responsible for investigating corruption offences. According to Gašpar, over the five years that he's occupied the post, "the Police Corps as well as Slovak security forces have moved forward. There are figures that the Slovak police have never achieved before". He went on to say that if Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák decides to dismiss him for political reasons, Gašpar will respect it. He later stated that he might not reapply for his position at the end of his term. Some 5,000 people took part in the anti-corruption march, which was organised by two 18-year-old secondary school students motivated by what they consider the squandering of money in corruption scandals and politicians who disregard the voice of the public.

Gavin Shoebridge, Photo: TASR

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