“A Police Force undermined by corruption is unacceptable” – Delia

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

“The majority of Police officers perform their duties and are fundamental in the fight against criminality”. Opposition leader Adrian Delia stated this on Thursday during a meeting held with the Malta Police Association (MPA). Adrian Delia said that the Nationalist Party cannot accept having a Police Force being undermined because of corruption.

During the meeting held at the PN’s headquarters, Delia said that it is now crucial that justice prevails regarding the investigation underway within the police traffic section where nearly all police officers forming part of this unit were suspended or arrested over an investigation for suspected overtime abuse and accusations they misappropriated fuel and used it for their own private vehicles.

The Opposition leader mentioned how Parliament is currently discussing a proposed bill for a new system to appoint a Police Commissioner.

Adrian Delia said that the government should take on board the PN’s proposal to appoint the new Police Commission with a two-thirds majority in Parliament. Delia said that there were instances when Parliament required a two-thirds majority, and it worked.

During the meeting, the Malta Police Association discussed different methods on how the Police Corps can work more effectively to be able to respond better to criminality amongst other crimes. They also discussed a possible mechanism on how to retain ex-officials part of the Police force.