Over 130 Moscow police officers caught drunk driving in 2013

About 15,000 Moscow police officers breached discipline and 131 were caught driving drunk last year, city police chief Anatoly Yakunin said in his annual report to the Moscow City Duma.

About 15,000 Moscow police officers breached discipline and 131 were caught driving drunk last year, city police chief Anatoly Yakunin said in his annual report to the Moscow City Duma.

"Last year alone we detected 15,000 cases of a breach of service discipline. Some 3,160 supervisors faced administrative reprimands for the poor quality of their morale building efforts," Yakunin said.

The police will not keep quiet about such incidents and officers who break the law will be fired, he stressed.

"We have decided to step up the search for corrupt officers, everyone who covers up gambling, marketplace crime, prostitution and illegal taxi services. I am confident that the Moscow police are destined to lower the crime rate instead of being a link to crime itself," the chief said.

A total of 131 officers were caught drunk driving in 2013. All of them were fired and their superiors were strongly reprimanded.

"At the same time, almost 16,000 officers were awarded for being exemplary servicemen and professionals, or even heroes, and 449 were nominated for state and departmental awards," Yakunin said.

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