Police bonuses were legal

The huge bonuses paid to police chiefs in past years were not in violation of the law, according to the outcome of a police inspection. News that under two former interior ministers –Ivan Langer of the Civic Democrats and Martin Pecina of the Social Democrats- police chiefs had received outsize bonuses to the tune of hundreds of thousands of crowns with some rewards to be paid out for their lifetime on a monthly basis recently provoked public outrage. An inspection team looking into the matter said that the practice of distributing large performance related bonuses was not against the law. The interior minister is looking into the possibility of curbing such a practice in the future.