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Ratas recognised the Police and the Rescue Board for their work that is engaging the whole society

13. June 2018 - 11:49

Stenbock House, 13 June 2018 – Prime Minister Jüri Ratas says that the high confidence that both Estonian and Russian-speaking residents have placed in the Police and Border Guard Board and the Rescue Board shows that these units have done an extensive job that has engaged the whole society.

Ratas made a speech yesterday on the development day for the heads of agencies in the area of government of the Ministry of the Interior, where he appreciated and recognised all employees of the Ministry and of this area of government, many of whom do a stressful and dangerous job daily and often risk their lives in the process. He said that their contribution to keeping Estonia safe and increasing the sense of security of the residents is priceless.

Ratas also brought attention to the public opinion survey according to which Estonian residents of both Estonian and Russian-speaking people show a very high confidence in the Rescue Board and in the Police and Border Guard Board. The latest survey, published in May, shows that the Rescue Board is trusted by 97 per cent, and the Police and Border Guard Board is trusted by 87 per cent of the respondents.

"These examples are a recognition to the Ministry and to all the agencies in the area of government, on the one hand, but also to you personally, to all your contributors and the supporting volunteers. On the other hand, this also is the level that you must thrive to maintain and raise in the future," Ratas said on the development day for the heads of agencies in the area of government of the Ministry of the Interior.

Ratas said that for the number of deaths by accident to keep decreasing, we must put an emphasis on prevention. "Preventing accidents and doing it systematically definitely plays a significant part in decreasing the number of deaths by accident. I saw first-hand the significance of this job for our people, when I went to do home consultation with the officials of the Rescue Board of Lasnamäe in March," he said.

Ratas emphasised the importance of volunteers, or assistant police officers, rescuers on sea, and voluntary rescuers. "At the same time, it is clear that implementing volunteers must not reach a too far level, and a large amount of assignments must still be carried out only by professionals. The professionalism of the employees and of public servants of today and tomorrow must be appreciated for that cause, and be rewarded accordingly," the Prime Minister said, and assured that the government agreed when constructing the budget strategy, that the area of government of the Ministry of the Interior will see an increase in wages next year.

The day of development took place for the tenth time, and over 120 top- and middle-level managers participated from the Ministry of the Interior, the Police and Border Guard Board, the Rescue Board, the Emergency Response Centre, the Security Police, the IT and Development Centre, and the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, that are all in the area of government of the Ministry of the Interior.

Photographs from the event: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ckbc1d2bq823o3x/AAAQ_yo0egM7yuOC59YAqNsTa?dl=0