On January 20 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys met with Police Commissioner General Renatas Požėla. They discussed the results of the interinstitutional cooperation conducted last year and signed a cooperation contract for the new year.
The Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Lithuanian Police Department agreed by the contract to cooperate on professional skills improvement, information exchange, increase of interaction, joint training and exercises, as well as on cultural, sports, and other activities. "Last year we had significantly more intense cooperation with the Lithuanian Police than usual - we assigned additional Military Police force to support the civilian police work and tasks aimed at managing the pandemic. The assistance is rendered this year as well. We will also bring in our share to the efforts to economise Lithuanian Police resources because of the new amendment to the Law on Military Police, once its regulations are in force, we will be able to carry out investigations or prevention of crimes concerning the National Defence System ourselves. I am certain that we will continue developing the cooperation in a manner which is advantageous to both institutions," Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys.
Heads of the institutions also exchanged principal insights on the experience in the exercises and other joint activities that had taken place last year. They also addressed the informational dimension and agreed that it required an even more effective cooperation. According to Chief of Defence, efforts made by all the national institutions to detect disinformation which corrodes the confidence of citizens in the state and its institutions, to investigate and prevent it, could be identified as an effective area of cooperation.
Information credits: Lithuanian Armed Forces
Photo credits: Sgt Spc 1st Class Ieva Budzeikaitė