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Decree Law No. 137/2019

Publication: Republic Diary No. 176/2019, Series I of 2019-09-13
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 137/2019
  • Pages: 71 - 106

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law approves the new organic structure of the Criminal Police (PJ).

What is going to change?

The new structure is based on a greater connection between the several units which are part of the PJ.

The PJ’s internal organization comprises the areas of:
    • criminal investigation;
    • organizational management and development;
    • management control, performance assessment and inspectional and disciplinary control.

The nuclear structure is based on units which are part of the criminal investigation area.

These units are complemented by others which perform an essential function of technical support to the prevention and criminal investigation (for instance, the criminal information unit and the scientific police laboratory).

A greater scientific autonomy is also granted to the specialized technical support units to the criminal investigation, such as the scientific police laboratory, the financial and accounting expertise unit and the technological and IT expertise unit.

The competences in areas such as the organizational management and development and the management, performance assessment and inspectional and disciplinary control area (for instance, on the management of innovation and development services) are reinforced.

The fundamental role of the Criminal Police and Criminal Sciences Institute as a central unit on the dependency of the National Director is recognized, reinforcing its action on the specific training of PJ staff and on the increase of the technical and scientific knowledge regarding the criminal investigation.

The status of leading staff and non-leading staff with coordination or leadership functions is consecrated.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law makes PJ a criminal police specially prepared, technical and scientifically, and makes the operational units more internally efficient and interactive.

It grants scientific autonomy to the specialized technical and scientific support units to the criminal investigation.

It enhances the contribute of PJ both on the legal system and on the internal security system in which it is also integrated.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on 1 January 2020.

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