Police force to open doors to certain foreign recruits
The ranks of the organised crime department of the Czech police have hitherto been filled with Czech citizens by law. It is not only Czech citizens though contributing to organised criminal activity in the Czech Republic. While the police do not keep, or at least publish, statistics on crimes committed by non-Czech nationals, a need has apparently arisen to open their doors to foreign job applicants. On Wednesday, the government approved that aim, with the passing of the new conceptual plan for the organised crime unit that will, for the first time, allow citizens of other countries to work for the police.
“Our colleagues of course do speak foreign languages and have experience with other countries and working abroad, but of course that generally involves speaking English, German and so on. We would now welcome the opportunity to have people in our ranks who speak less common languages and also who know the environments of various ethnicities. These are things that would truly be of great advantage to us.”
“This entails all kinds of languages like Vietnamese and Chinese, people from areas like Dagestan and so on. With Western European languages we don’t have language barriers. But we need not only people with language skills but also people who are familiar with various ethnicities and cultures. Such people would of course have to go through the selection procedure and meet the conditions of working with the Czech Police, including successfully completing the necessary security clearance and language exams, then there is nothing to prevent foreign citizens from working in our ranks.”