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Amendment gives police new powers

Police officers will be able to order people who commit domestic violence out of their houses or flats and keep them out for 48 hours, according to a new amendment to the Police Corps Act that came into force on December 15. According to the Interior Ministry, the amendment will allow the police to tackle domestic violence more effectively and prevent further abuse. Another new power allows the police to arrest those present at the scene of a crime immediately after the incident unless it is clear that they are in no way connected to the perpetrator. Previously, the police were not allowed to detain such people when it was not immediately clear whether they were accomplices or innocent by-standers. One of the aims of the new measure is to prevent accomplices from thwarting investigations while at liberty. TASR

Police officers will be able to order people who commit domestic violence out of their houses or flats and keep them out for 48 hours, according to a new amendment to the Police Corps Act that came into force on December 15. According to the Interior Ministry, the amendment will allow the police to tackle domestic violence more effectively and prevent further abuse.

Another new power allows the police to arrest those present at the scene of a crime immediately after the incident unless it is clear that they are in no way connected to the perpetrator. Previously, the police were not allowed to detain such people when it was not immediately clear whether they were accomplices or innocent by-standers. One of the aims of the new measure is to prevent accomplices from thwarting investigations while at liberty. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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