Meanwhile, as the Deputy Interior Minister announced the launch of a volunteer police force which will not be paid, the Interior Ministry and the General Directorate of State Police are confirmed to be in debt to law enforcement officers who have not been paid for their supplementary hours and overdue expenses for out-of-district services since 2017.
The ombudsman has urged the Government and the Ministry of Interior to take immediate measures to secure funds for the liquidation of liabilities for 2017, 2018 and 2019, including food allowances.
According to the document available to Ora News, it turns out that overdue payments have burdened the family budget of police officers, who have been forced to take bank loans to solve economic problems.
The new State Police law brought on wage reductions for more than 2,300 employees because of the abolition of the rank of superintendent.
From 2016 onwards, these employees have continued to receive 7000 to 9000 lekë less, and for this reason, the lawyer seeks to award ranks and salaries to rank-and-file officers who meet the conditions and criteria under the law on second and first inspector grade.
Another problem that the lawyer is required to address is the financial treatment of harmful work, with over 500 effectives yet to receive their financial compensation to the rate of 7,000 lekë per month.
During 2019, law enforcement officials have been engaged in extended hours of work almost every day, often tasked with the responsibility of maintaining order and security during the opposition's protests or accompanying the Prime Minister to rallies outside Tirana.
Problems have been raised by the Union of State Police officers, who have turned to the ombudsman to seek a solution from the government and the Interior Ministry for fundraising.
State Police told Ora News that supplementary hours and overnight hours of service continue to be paid depending on the filing of documents by police officers.