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05 January 2018, 17:33

Over 400 policemen to take language courses ahead of 2019 European Games

Photo courtesy of Belarusian Interior Ministry
Photo courtesy of Belarusian Interior Ministry

MINSK, 5 January (BelTA) – More than 400 policemen will take special language courses ahead of the Second European Games, BelTA learned from the newspaper Na Strazhe (On Guard).

In the run-up to the Second European Games due in Minsk in 2019, the Belarusian Interior Ministry has arranged three-month English language courses for policemen from Minsk, Minsk Oblast and Mogilev Oblast, specialists of the Safety and Security Department, and members of the internal troops.

The courses will be provided by the higher education institutions affiliated with the Interior Ministry in order to provide high-quality training for the law enforcement officers. “The classes are meant to teach policemen to converse with foreign nationals and answer the questions they may have. A hundred people are enrolled in the courses at the moment (75 at the Interior Ministry's Academy and 25 at the ministry's Mogilev Institute). We plan to gradually train over 400 specialists who will be in charge of public safety during the Second European Games,” remarked Dmitry Mazanik, head for professional education at the Professional Training Department of the Central Personnel Directorate of the Interior Ministry.

In 2017, heads of several departments of the Interior Ministry went to Minsk State Linguistic University to improve their English language and communication skills, the official added.

The Professional Training Department of the Central Personnel Directorate of the Interior Ministry and the ministry's Mogilev Institute have organized refresher training courses at regional law enforcement agencies headlined “Topical public safety issues during public events”. The courses have already been held in Minsk, Gomel, Mogilev, and Brest. Plans have been made to continue training in 2018, too.

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