First Deputy Interior Minister Eka Zguladze said in an interview with Censor.NET.
"No, we would have never agreed to lower merits. It's the only thing which we insisted on. We have invested great efforts into this reform. And we have actually deserved the result, which we now have, while it have been achieved by minimizing of the proportion of luck. And we are not going to rely on luck at present. We had plan A and plan B from the very beginning. But the plan that we have recently launched is even better than our perfect plan B. Because the merits of the guys turned out to be better than we could have hoped for. I'll repeat the word "merits" as much turns on it.
We were able to create an excellent program for personnel recruitment as well as excellent program of initial training. We have created a new image of professional relationships within the unit. And these units are now based upon these new relations. It's not upon me or the minister but the guys working there!" Zguladze said.
"The most important thing is the merits of people," Zguladze stressed adding that the new patrol police managed to recruit clever and fair guys. Their cleverness is evidenced by the fact that these guys managed to accustom themselves to this very challenging new profession over a week or two. They are quick to make decisions while the majority of those decisions are right," the First Deputy Interior Minister said.