People living in Slovakia are well aware that the country, much like rest of Central and Eastern Europe, still suffers more than its fair share of corruption, but more and more cases are coming to light that involve the very people who are supposed to combat it, the police, raising questions if enough is being done about the issue.
In the latest episode, four senior heads of Bratislava Police Academy, which trains new recruits how to be good upstanding officers, were arrested on Friday over bribery allegations, after it was revealed that they were taking up to EUR 5,000 a time to ensure a place at the academy for certain people.
According to an estimate of the scope of the disease, one in four police cadets are thought to have gained their placement in this way, with the test results of as many as 29 of them being manipulated. These 29 cadets have now been replaced, said interior minister Robert Kalinak. Other allegations include misuse of European funds and the suspicious issue of certain academic titles. The recently adopted motto of the police force “To serve and protect” takes on a whole new meaning here.