“Transparency in the activity of the Local Police. No unfounded appeals. Romanians demanded transparency and the elimination of abuses by the Local Police. For their part, the local police asked for protection in the face of outrage and equipment to be able to work efficiently.
So, together with Teodor Lazăr, my colleague from the Chamber of Deputies, I submitted a package of laws aimed at the Local Police after consultations with local elected officials and representatives of the National Union of Meridian Policemen and Civil Servants.
One of the projects legalizes the use and equipping of local policemen with body-cams”, says Bogdan Rodeanu, vice-president of the Defense Committee of the Chamber of Deputies.
According to him, currently the National Police uses body-cams, unlike the local police who are still not allowed to do so by law.
“This bill will surely pass the Parliament. There are no rational and legal reasons to be refused. After the law is voted and promulgated and the local police officers will use these individual video cameras, mounted on the uniform, in full legality, the citizens will be protected from the abuses of the local police officers (which will be able to be proven by the recordings) and the local police officers will be able to prove their any action in the public space is legal”, adds Rodeanu.
He specifies that the objectives of this law are “the protection of the citizen in the interaction with the local police but also the abolition of unfounded accusations by those who do not want to respect the law”.
“There is one more aspect: these video cameras do not only help the local police and protect the citizens. The implementation of this system will clearly show who works and especially how they work in the Local Police. We will be able to find out who is patrolling and how many hours he spent among the citizens. We will also be able to find out who is hiding in the offices, with salary and political protection. And when we talk about political protection, then we can talk directly about the Sheriffs of the mayors in Romania, beneficiaries of special pensions and who occupy leadership positions in the Local Police in the country and block organizational charts financed abundantly with public money. During all this time, competent and honest young people cannot become local police officers or have the opportunity to be promoted unless they serve the party, against their will”, concludes the USR deputy.
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