Under the authority of the Prime Minister, General To Lam, Member of the Politburo and Minister of Public Security, presented a report on the draft Law on Grassroots-level Security Protection Force.
According to the report, so far professional police officers have been posted to all communes and townships of the country. As a result, more than 120,000 non-commissioned policemen, who used to work as communal police officers, are redundant and need to be arranged into a force to protect security in their localities alongside the professional police force.
The draft law aims to unify the civil defense force, the self-defense force and the semi-professional policemen into a force called the Grassroots-level Security Protection Force. The force will work at villages, residential areas, and other communal-level population units.
The draft law includes five chapters and 35 articles, defining the force’s role, functions, missions, organizational structure, authorities, as well as policies, qualifications, and responsibilities of officers of the civilian security force.
At the meeting, lawmakers showed their consensus on the need to merge grassroots-level security protection forces into one unified force in order to maintain public order and security at the grassroots and disseminate the guidelines and policies of the Party and the State to local people.
* In the afternoon of the same day, the NA Standing Committee gave comments on the amended Law on Drug Prevention and Combat.
Under the authority of the Prime Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong, Member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy Minister of Public Security, delivered a report on the revised Law on Drug Prevention and Combat.
The Deputy Minister emphasized that the fight against illicit drugs is a specific hard mission of the police force. Over the past five years, the police successfully investigated about 20,000 drug-related cases with more than 30,000 people involved. Counter-narcotics police officers always face life-threatening dangers and risks of contracting HIV.
However, the 2000 Law on Drug Prevention and Combat (amended in 2008) has not created a sufficient legal framework for the police force to expand cooperation and coordination in fighting drug-related transnational crime with other countries and international counter-narcotics organizations. Additionally, the current law does not include support policies for the counter-narcotics forces as well as those in charge of treating drug addicts.
The NA Deputies also pointed to the fact that the current law has few provisions to control people using illicit drugs. Therefore, most of the lawmakers at the meeting agreed to amend the law to strictly manage drug addicts.
The Standing Committee of the National Assembly requested the drafting agency and relevant agencies to continue to revise the draft laws and review their provisions in accordance with the relevant laws to ensure the unity of the legal system.