Putin downsizes 10 thousand traffic police officers

Putin downsizes 10 thousand traffic police officers
Vladimir Putin

The maximum number of the State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate staff in all regions will be reduced by one fifth. At the same time, the decree concerns positions, and not people. The actual traffic police officers to be affected by the layoff will not be out of jobs. They will be employed in other units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

With his presidential decree of December 31, Vladimir Putin determined the new maximum number of staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs; its number of employees will be reduced by 10 thousand people. The amendments entered into force on January 1, 2018.

In particular, the document says that the maximum number of Russian internal affairs bodies financed by federal budget appropriations will be 894,871 units, including employees of the internal affairs bodies in the amount of 746,859 people, 17,199 federal state civil servants, and 130,813 workers.

To recall, by his previous decree issued in September 2016, Putin cut the MIA staff by 163 thousand people, setting the maximum staff size at 904,871 units.

Thus, the layoff affected 10 thousand people. The decree published on the official portal of legal information concerns the State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate, the staff of which will be reduced by one fifth. At the same time, the downsized traffic police officers will be employed in other units. This is evident from the Internal Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs No. 983, issued on the same day to implement the decisions taken by the president, Gazeta.Ru notes.

As of the autumn of last year, the total number of employees of the State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate was estimated at 55 thousand people. This means that almost every fifth traffic police employee will be axed. The layoff will affect all regions, according to the decree, but will not affect positions in the traffic police divisions carrying out registration activities, as well as conducting exams for the right to drive vehicles and issuing driving licenses.

According to Head of the Moscow Policemen Union Mikhail Pashkin, the massive layoffs in the State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate are caused by gradual changes in the agency itself, which has become more technological in recent years.

“There's less and less room for officers due to the emergence of thousands of cameras on the roads, the introduction of the Potok system, and other changes. Many functions can already be performed by technology,” he noted.

The downsized employees will be able to continue their service in other divisions. The publication notes that in many MIA departments, especially in the regions, there is a strong shortage of personnel; this paragraph will help many traffic police officers remain in the internal affairs bodies. For example, in St. Petersburg, the layoff will affect only part of the current inspectors, Fontanka notes. It is mainly the vacancies amounting to 5 to 12% of the staffing level in the city and in the region will suffer as a result. In such a way, the planned reduction will only lead to the disappearance of vacant positions.

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