Since 1 October 2008 the police force system has been going through a period of extensive change. According to Lithuanian Police Commissioner General Vizgirdas Telycenas and Directive Nr. 5-V-300, released on 29 May 2008, the former Panevezys city police headquarters were reorganised by merging it with the district police commissariats of Panevezys, Pasvalys, Birzai, Kupiskis and Rokiskis. The purpose is to achieve more effective management of police units. However, the world’s economic crisis brought additional challenges. The budget assigned to the Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior was reduced by 8 per cent, which is a significant financial decrease.
Thus, an anti-crisis plan has been developed, aiming for more effective usage of financial resources assigned to the institution. This plan includes several measures: firstly, it merges the first and second Panevezys city police commissariats into a united one. Each police commissariat has its own operative management as well as separate units of administrative staff; thus requiring additional financial resources. However, by merging them into a united one there is the possibility to spare large financial amounts on salaries paid to operative management and administrational staff. It should be noted that no employee will lose their job as new positions will be offered to everybody. Secondly, the plan concentrates the operative management of police forces in Panevezys into a Joint Operative Management Unit within the structure of Panevezys county police headquarters. Each police commissariat has a separate Operative Management Unit, which receives all information on violations of law and vectors other police units, patrols, and operative groups accordingly. There is a plan to only leave a Joint Operative Management Unit in Panevezys county police headquarters, which will save salaries being paid to employees, thus resulting in more effective control police units in various situations. Furthermore, a new system of working hours for some groups of police officers has been installed. Usually, office hours apply for all non-duty police officers; however, successful completion of some police tasks requires day and night shifting instead of regular office work, so it is planned to switch wardens, responsible for different districts and streets to this type of working schedule. Lastly, the plan includes avoiding unnecessary expenses: the aim is to achieve more effective resource usage. All recourses used by various units will be revised; all unnecessary expenses will be refused. For example, an attempt has been made to transfer the majority of paperwork to an electronic area (i.e. email, fax) with the aim of avoiding postal charges.
Through this project the management of police forces in Panevezys will be much more effective as the police will be better able to deal with new threats posed by consequences of world’s economic crisis.
|Award category:||leadership and change|
|Sector:||Justice, police, human rights and security|
|Type of activity:||strategic management and planning tools|
|Keywords:||Effective management, police forces, anti-crisis plan|
|Short English description:||Through this project the management of police forces in Panevezys will be much more effective as the police will be better able to deal with new threats posed by consequences of world’s economic crisis.|
|Organisation:||Panevezys County Police Headquarters|
|Level of government:||regional level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
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|EU membership:||EU member|