MINSK, 30 October (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko promised to continue supporting the internal affairs bodies in their work as he met with the personnel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Minsk on 30 October , BelTA has learned.
The president noted that while ensuring safety and security in the cities during protests, it is important to remember the other tasks. "The police have a lot of functions and responsibilities. In addition to the fight against these offences in the cities and in Minsk, we should combat other crimes too," he said. The head of state compared the law enforcement with the healthcare system. “We cannot focus on the coronavirus alone and forget about such diseases as cancer, asthma and others. The same is here. The Internal Affairs Ministry must remember this and distribute means and forces properly,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The head of state pointed to the emergence of organized criminal groups bordering on terrorist groups in the country and stressed the importance of combating them. "In this situation, complacency and inertia are unacceptable. This will inevitably affect the efficiency of the police and will lead to the emergence of new problems," the president said.
“As for my support of the internal affairs bodies in this work, it has always been strong and will remain so. I will say frankly: I also might have underestimated the role of our police. I have always said that no problem can be solved without help from a local police officer. He knows everything. I have the experience of working with them. I knew quite a lot of local police officers before the presidency. I would talk to them and we would restore order in half of the neighborhood very quickly. My support to law enforcers will be even bigger now,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.