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Právo: Czech police may recruit foreigners

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Prague, April 17 (CTK) – The lack of competent applicants for jobs has forced the Czech police force to soften its demands for recruitment and it may be ready to hire foreigners and people without the required school-leaving examination from the secondary school, daily Pravo has written.

The daily refers to the police development concept until 2020 the Interior Ministry has drafted and is about to unveil.

The police force wants to recruit some 4,000 more police officers. However, despite a recent 10-percent rise in the salaries for the policemen, the police force is unable to attract enough quality and successful staff, Pravo writes.

“Due to the dramatic change in the global security situation and the ensuing change in the security concept, it has to be taken into account that the Czech military will be a more attractive employer,” the paper quotes from the analysis.

The set of proposed measures to tackle the problem of lack of manpower includes the opening of the police force to the holders of other than Czech passports, Pravo writes.

Foreign nationals may be able to join the Czech police, which is impossible under the current law, it adds.

“The measure presupposes their recruitment in exceptional cases such as the fight against international terrorism and trading in narcotics,” the analysis said.

The police command has said other European countries such as Germany, Ireland, Austria and Britain were going in the similar direction, Pravo writes.

The analysis also says that in some specific posts, the police may be ready to soften the demands for physical preparedness, it adds.

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