As reported by Censor.NET citing a statement by the press service of the SBI, this was said by agency Director Roman Truba at the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on Sept. 18.
He says that the SBI has started operating as a government agency while only a few steps need to be taken to initiate the first legal proceedings.
"Here are several figures for you to think about: the State Bureau of Investigation requires 1,500 members each of whom has to secure victory in an open competition in order to get a job in the agency. To make this happen, we announced the country’s largest competition for 674 posts that is already on its final stretch. 320 winners of the contest have already been picked. Some of them have already assumed posts. The interviews with candidates for the posts of investigators of the agency’s territorial offices are at their final phase. It will take about a month to complete this competition," he said.
The SBI director believes an important step for the efficient work of the bureau is to obtain results of the polygraph testing of the 27 winners of the competition for the agency’s senior positions, which was conducted by an independent commission.
The other steps needed for the SBI to become operational include amending the Law of Ukraine ‘On the State Bureau of Investigation’, manning and equipping the territorial offices, and getting office units that meet the requirements of a law enforcement agency.
"I understand that not all the clauses will be covered in the near future but we cannot afford further delay. We are going to start working with what we’ll have at our disposal: without appropriate office space, operational units and senior management but with the desire to prove that the State Bureau of Investigation will begin to work as a law enforcement agency. This is going to happen in November immediately after the investigators of territorial offices will be appointed," Truba said.