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Lithuanian police cannot cope with all duties

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Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Police
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The Lithuanian police service plans to review certain of its functions due to excessive workload, the media and police management have announced.

Deputy Commissioner General of the Lithuanian Police, Algirdas Stončaitis, said the police received over 50,000 unnecessary calls last week.

"55,000 calls the police responded to were reports about nothing, in fact there were no incidents," he told journalists on Friday.

According to Stončaitis, Minister of the Interior Artūras Melianas plans to set up a working group which will be expected to present proposals on the review of police functions for police officers to be able to direct their attention, time, and financial resources towards investigating real crimes under conditions of reduced funding.

According to Stončaitis, police funding has been cut by a fourth since 2008.

The Lithuanian daily Lietuvos Žinios reported on Friday the police planed to ask state leaders to allow it to renounce certain functions.

Pursuant to existing laws, police officers must investigate every report, every complaint, despite the nature of reports, even if, for example, a person calls the police to complain that he or she cannot open the door.

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