10 May 2021
The State Inspector’s Service Opened a New Office in Batumi to Increase Its Institutional Capacity And Effectiveness
The State Inspector’s Service established a new structural unit in the Investigative Department – Unit of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara that will investigate violent crimes committed by civil servants on the territories of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara and Guria region.
The new office was opened by the First Deputy State Inspector, Giorgi Gamezardashvili. Deputy Head of the Investigative Department, Giorgi Gvarakidze also attended the event.
The establishment of the new office in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara will significantly facilitate timely response to alleged crimes committed on the above territory, immediate conduct of investigative and procedural actions and more effective distribution of staff resources. In addition, the office will facilitate communication between local population and the Service and participants of criminal proceedings will no longer have to be transported to other regions in order to take part in investigative and procedural actions.
The Office of the Investigative Department of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, located in Batumi, Giorgi Mazniashvili Street № 54, is adjusted to the needs of minors and persons with disabilities. A special child-friendly space is created to protect genuine interests and rights of witness and victim children participating in criminal proceedings. The office infrastructure is adapted to the needs of persons with disabilities. There are separated areas for interviewing witnesses and conducting identification of persons.
The Unit of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara of the Investigative Department of the State Inspector’s Service will be headed by Irakli Kbilashvili, who has held the position of an investigator at the State Inspector’s Service since 1 November 2019 and later was appointed as the Head of the Investigative Department of the West Unit. The Unit will be staffed by four investigators.
As of now, the Investigative Department of the Service had been conducting investigation across the country from only two cities, Tbilisi and Kutaisi. The West Unit of the Investigative Department covered eight regions with the resources of five investigators. Given that almost half of criminal cases concerned the facts that took place on the territory of Adjara Autonomous Republic, the investigators of the West Unit had often to move to the aforementioned region to conduct investigative and procedural actions. This challenge emerged the need of an additional office.
Scarcity of human and infrastructural resources remains one of the major challenges for the State Inspector’s Service as a newly established institute. The Service continues to work towards expansion of regional coverage and strengthening institutional capacities.