Azerbaijan, Baku, June 10 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
Azerbaijan is one of the leading countries in the region for the minimal number of crimes per 100,000 people, Deputy Interior Minister Oruj Zalov said at the First International Conference "Policing with the support of society" organized jointly with the OSCE Baku Office.
"Azerbaijan recorded 22,000 crimes in 2009, that is, on average, 225 crimes for every 100,000 people. This is the lowest figure among the former Soviet Union countries. The number of crimes associated with premeditated murder, banditry and looting sharply decreased," Zalov said. He said this achieved due to the law enforcement bodies' successful work in the field of operational crime detection and prevention.
He said the Ministry's "102" call service receives on average 2,200 calls per day. "Most of them are not connected with the work of internal affairs, and we refer these petitions to the relevant structures," he said.
The district service's activity was strengthened after developing the draft on amendments to the law on police together with OSCE, Zalov said noting that district services communicate with the public through community councils.
"The most active representatives of the district services are represented in these councils. They conduct discussions on the problems in these areas at least once a month and raise questions to address these problems before the relevant bodies," Zalov added.
OSCE Baku Office Head Ambassador Ali Bilge Cankorel said more effective servece to people is the basis of the idea of public support to police.
"I am confident that this will give some impetus to the cooperation of the police and society," Cankorel said.
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