Internal call for police officers to join traffic section

Traffic police officers direct traffic in Kappara, Malta February 5, 2014. Picture taken February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Malta Police Force has issued an internal call for police officers who want to join the traffic section after 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.

Replying to questions sent by this newsroom, Malta Police Force confirmed that the acting Police Commissioner, Carmelo Magri, issued the internal call for applications. Police said to that applicants need to be in possession of a motorcycle driving licence and will be subject to an interview.

On Thursday, Police said that 40 police officers within the traffic section have been arrested and 25 have been suspended and granted police bail and 4 police officers have submitted their resignation.

To compensate the lack of police officers in the traffic management of the islands, officers from other sections have been deployed on the roads with the use of specially marked vehicles while LESA and Transport Malta are assisting the Police Force.