Directives | Assistance given to other entities [Active]

  • Directives | Assistance given to other entities [Active]

    Directives | Assistance given to other entities [Active]

    15th October 2021

     

    Subject: Directives issued by the Malta Police Union.

     

    The Executive Committee of the Malta Police Union issued directives to all members of the Force as the issue of assistance [unreasonable] given to other entities which have the same Police Powers in these circumstances, such as TM officers and LESA has not been resolved.

     

    Summary of the issue;

     

    Members of the Force whilst on duty at the Police Station, are receiving requests for assistance by Transport Malta and L.E.S.A officers. An example is the 6th September 2021 where on that day, at the Valletta Police Station, TM official pretended that our members call the owners of 53 vehicles so they remove same for road works to be carried. This is a daily occurrence and is having a very negative effect on already stretched to the limit officers.

     

    The Union, is not against assisting Transport Malta, LESA, Local Councils or any other entity but within reason and proportionality, and when their or another persons’ safety is at risk.

     

    S.L.65.13 (Regulation 3) clearly indicates that ‘’ The Commissioner or the Authority or the Council or the Agency may remove, store and dispose of any encumbering object which is causing any nuisance, inconvenience or obstruction and is in a place or space which is not lawfully permitted to be used for such purpose, or if such place or space is specifically indicated as a towing zone:’’

     

    Furthermore, in the Schedule (Article 12) of S.L.499.51, Part 1 (f) clearly states that Clamping and Removal of Motor Vehicle and Encumbering Objects Regulations (3,4 and 7) are within the remit of Transport Enforcement Officers.

     

    We reiterate our position that since TM officials have equivalent powers on this matter, the Police Force should not be involved in their normal duties as long as no concrete assistance to protect same officers is requested. 

     

    Directives as from Monday 18th October 2021.

     

    When there is a request for the Police to call a list of registered owners of vehicles to be removed, by other entities, to;

     

    • Refrain from assisting other entities unless it is an emergency which may create danger or cause harm to any individual.
    • Police officers are not to hand any telephone set to non-police department staff, as a measure to protect their personal safety.

     

    The above does not apply in those cases of an individual person (citizen) seeking the assistance of the Police to remove a vehicle like for example ‘garage’.

     

     

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