Police Praised for Slovenia’s Place among Safest Countries

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Pahor reiterated that Slovenia must keep its fate in its own hands, noting that the loss of sovereignty would be irresponsible and immoral to those who died or were wounded defending the country 22 years ago.

Interior Minister Gregor Virant also stressed that the Slovenian police was an indispensable part of resistance against the aggression of the Yugoslav People's Army when Slovenia declared independence.

He also highlighted the role of the police in the recent high-profile convictions, lauding the police for collecting the evidence that convinced the courts against the people who were believed to be untouchable.

In fighting white-collar crime and corruption, the police have full support of the government, Virant stressed, adding that politics would not interfere with the work of the police.

The president's statement that he feels the safest in Slovenia, was echoed by Police Commissioner Stanislav Veniger, who said Slovenia was "an oasis of safety and peace", which was backed by several international indexes, listing Slovenia among the safest countries in the world.

Veniger also pointed to the activity of the police in the humanitarian area, expressing pride both at the professional and noble conduct of police officers.

The Day of Slovenian Police is celebrated on 27 June to mark the anniversary of the confrontation of Slovenian police officers with the Yugoslav army at the Holmec border crossing with Austria as part of Slovenia's ten-day independence war.