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New Minsk City Police Department chief told to keep up law and order

President 20.11.2017 | 15:06
Sergei Doroshko and Alexander Lukashenko
Sergei Doroshko and Alexander Lukashenko

MINSK, 20 November (BelTA) – Sergei Doroshko has been appointed chief of the Minsk City Police Department. A corresponding decision was made by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on 20 November, BelTA has learned.

The head of state emphasized that pubic order has always been a priority in Minsk, and people feel safe here. This should remain a priority in the future, he said. “Minsk is the capital city, we cannot lose our face. We are always proud of the fact that Minsk is a beautiful city, but the main thing is that a woman can go for a walk with her child any time she wants and feel safe,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.

The president also spoke about the work of police patrols. He said that this practice had proved effective. “Police patrolling is a good thing. It demonstrates to the population that there is order in the country. The military should also understand that people need them, that the city is safe when they are patrolling,” the head of state said.

Alexander Lukashenko also stressed that the police should take resolute efforts to prevent disorder and attempts to destabilize the situation. “You should have a strict policy and take resolute measures if you see that something is happening. If we loosen public safety requirements, we will be in trouble,” the president said. “You should understand that not only the superior officer is supervising your activities. I also pay attention to all issues at all levels, from the work of a traffic policeman to city patrolling. Therefore, I want you to be an example of impeccable service.”

The head of state asked the opinion of Alexander Barsukov, the former chief of the Minsk City Police Department and now deputy interior minister of Belarus, about the appointment of Sergei Doroshko. He supported the appointment. “You know that Minsk is the leading city, it is impossible to hide behind the backs of others here. Barsukov has always worked well. He has been doing his best to ensure public order,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

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