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11 February 2016, 16:03

Plans for cybercrime divisions in every oblast of Belarus

MINSK, 11 February (BelTA) – The Investigation Committee of Belarus intends to set up cybercrime investigation divisions in all the oblast branches of the Committee. The Committee's Chairman Ivan Noskevich made the statement during the Committee's Board session held on 11 February to discuss the agency's performance in 2015, BelTA has learned.

The agency's head said: “In modern conditions in order to effectively counteract crimes it is necessary to stay up to date with the advance of technologies. Investigators should be capable of investigating the relevant crimes. This is why I have decided to set up a division as part of the Minsk city office to investigate information security crimes and the illegal turnover of drugs as of January 2016. The establishment of cybercrime divisions in all the oblast capitals will be the next step.”

Ivan Noskevich added that the establishment of these divisions is not another formal step. These divisions will need personnel and equipment.

The Chairman of the Investigation Committee pointed out that the agency underwent personnel optimization in 2015. “Yet it is time to critically analyze the entire system and profoundly optimize its structure and numbers. The measures we suggest for changing the structure of the central office are supposed to improve manageability, improve the quality of methodological and criminalistics support for the operation of investigation divisions, improve the effectiveness of analytical work, and optimize personnel numbers in support and auxiliary units,” noted the official.

Ivan Noskevich explained that the Committee believes it is advisable to set up a united analytical division. The central office for financial and logistical support is no longer necessary. The planned organizational changes are supposed to optimize personnel numbers and release 128 staff positions. “This is why I ask you, the President of the Republic of Belarus, to authorize the new structure of the central office of the Investigation Committee. The document will be submitted to you according to the established procedure,” Ivan Noskevich told the head of state during the session.

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