The First Deputy Prime Minister and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief, Tomislav Karamarko, wrote on his Facebook wall on Wednesday that "safety of Croatian citizens must not be politicised" and after dismissals in the police following this week's heist of the Zagreb central police precinct building, Karamarko gave his full support to Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic's "announcements of thorough reforms in the system."
"I am truly sorry that these serious incidents took place in the Zagreb police headquarters. It is not necessary to emphasise how much such incidents negatively affect the feeling of being safe but also the pubic trust in the police, notably when we know that we live in the time and the environment of numerous security challenges and threats," Karamarko wrote.
National chief of police Vlado Dominic, head of the General Crimes Division at the Police Directorate Goran Burusic, chief of the Crime Prevention Division Danijel Zugel and head of the Internal Affairs Division Stjepan Jurenec resigned following a break-in at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in Zagreb, which occurred during the night between Sunday and Monday. General Crimes Division head Zeljko Dolacki, whose office contained the safe that was broken into, was suspended and could face disciplinary action. Two kilograms of gold and 280,000 euros were stolen from the safe.
The Interior Ministry said earlier today that their positions had been temporarily filled by Zvonimir Vnucec (national chief of police), Zeljko Prsa (chief of the Zagreb Police Department), Antun Cavic (chief of the Crime Prevention Division), Zvonimir Petrovic, (head of the Organised Crime Division) and Damir Juras (head of the Internal Affairs Division).
"Although in a situation like this many would expect of me to once again emphasise that changes in the police system should have been carried out a long time ago, I will not do that. On the contrary, this way I give my full support to the interior minister with regard to his announcements of thorough reforms in the system which will turn the police back into the pillar of safety in Croatia," Karamarko said.