Angola: National Police Announce Fight Against Corruption Within Staff

Luanda — The general commander of National Police Paulo de Almeida announced Wednesday disciplinary and criminal punitive measures among staff who fail to abide by the rules, with stress to the acts of corruption.

The initiative is part of the "Strategy for the Prevention and Correction of Unlawful Behaviours of National Police Officers".

The activity was launched Wednesday in Luanda, ahead of the festivities to mark 43rd of police on 28 February.

Paulo de Almeida explained that the strategy aims to improve the provision of public services to the citizen and develop a favorable environment in the framework of the activity of police forces in all areas of their intervention.

The National Police have recently been affected by the phenomenon of corruption that has undermined the reputation of this institution.

In 2014, 168 disciplinary proceedings were examined, 20 of which related to cases of corruption. While in 2016, 281 disciplinary cases were analysed, 25 of which were related to the cases of corruption.

The general commander of the National Police praised, on the other hand, the ongoing "Rescue Operation" in the country, stressing that such an operation has produced positive effects on citizens' awareness toward the fulfillment of their citizenship obligations.

"We also have positive results on road traffic as well as the reduction of incivility," said Paulo de Almeida, who acknowledged as still existing some indecent behaviour among some police officers.

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