Russia to reform police system: Report

Russia seeks to curb high-handedness and corruption among police officers.

Updated: Sep 12, 2010, 13:33 PM IST

Moscow: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has cleared a plan to reform the country`s police system in a bid to curb the force`s high-handedness and corruption among officers, state media reported.

Quoting United Russia party leader Boris Gryzlov as saying, `Ria Novosti` news agency said that President Medvedev gave his approval to the initiative by the political outfit to set up a comprehensive list of police powers.

In December, Medvedev had ordered an extensive reform of the Interior Ministry to deal with police brutality and corruption among officers.

At a meeting with Medvedev, Gryzlov, who is also the speaker of the lower house of the Russian Parliament, proposed that the new police should outline all the police authorities, the report said.

"My proposal was supported," Gryzlov said yesterday.

The state of Russia`s police has become a great concern after a number of high-profile police scandals, including the random shooting of many people in a supermarket by an off-duty police officer in April 2009.

In response to growing criticism, Medvedev ordered a large-scale reform of the police, including cuts in officer numbers and the increase of salaries.

PTI