QUITO, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) - Ecuadorian President Rafael
Correa said Friday that higher education for police and military officers will
be free with the approval of the country's new Constitution.
The new Charta Magna, which was approved last month by the Constitutional Assembly, promises free higher education
for the police, Correa told a meeting of high-level officers of the National
Police. The new Constitution will be voted on in a referendum on Sept. 28 before
it comes into force.
"Those who enter schools of policemen, of troops and
officers, should not be the ones that have money, but the ones who achieve it
based on their merits," Correa said.
Better education is necessary for the modernization
and restructuring of the National Police, said the president.
A more efficient, human, and committed police force
is needed to strengthen social security, Correa said.
Meanwhile, the president said the officers' work and
life condition should also be improved.
"We want to improve the life and work conditions of
the officers," Correa said, noting that it was difficult to tell a difference
between the jails and the police quarters where the policemen live.
Ecuadorian government has been seeking to improve the life conditions of the police under a plan to build communal quarters with new technologies and equipment, Correa said.