Spišiak tipped for top police job; minister declines to comment

The public will learn the name of the new Police Corps president soon, Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic said on Tuesday, July 13, declining to comment on reports that it would be former police vice-president Jaroslav Spišiak, who served in that role between 2001 and 2006.

The public will learn the name of the new Police Corps president soon, Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic said on Tuesday, July 13, declining to comment on reports that it would be former police vice-president Jaroslav Spišiak, who served in that role between 2001 and 2006.

“I won't discuss personnel nominations in the media. Now the president is [Ján] Packa, who is going to leave at the weekend,” Lipšic said, as reported by the TASR newswire, adding that it would not be fair to speculate publicly about names. Spišiak confirmed, according to comments reported in Tuesday’s Hospodárske Noviny daily, that he was approached by Lipšic with the offer. “I talked with him. I’m still considering it,” said Spišiak, who is currently chief of security at the Slovnaft refinery in Bratislava. The daily wrote that Spišiak’s return to the Police Corps is a certainty.

In his previous police roles Spišiak was known for his tough approach towards organised crime. He became famous as the district police director in Dunajská Streda (Trnava Region), then notorious as a hotbed of the western Slovak mafia, after criminals there were forced to abandon their expensive cars and began using old cars and even bicycles in order to avoid police attention. Spišiak was dismissed as police vice-president after the Robert Fico government took office in the summer of 2006.

Source: TASR, Hospodárske Noviny

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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