President Truong Tan Sang has asked Police Investigation Agency under the Ministry of Public Security to pay special attention to increasing the capacity of its personnel and improving legal system in the field.

Working with leaders of the agency on July 30 in Hanoi on the results of its judicial reform in the first half of this year, he noted that the police force is facing increasing challenges posed by both domestic and world situation.

Therefore, investigation police should strengthen the coordination with other agencies and work more closely with other state departments at all levels to prevent and combat crimes, he said.

President Sang also asked the force to exert more efforts to avoid missing out criminals as well as using corporal punishment during their investigation process.

He also directed the agency to boost cooperation with international police to settle trans-national crimes.

According to a report at the meeting, in the first six months of 2014, the investigation agency handled 52,939 cases involving 83,129 suspects, and prosecuted 35,383 cases.

Cyber and drug-related crimes are emerging complicatedly with increasing number of trans-national rings, said the report.

Leaders of the agency also pointed to some difficulties that the force is facing, including the inefficient legal framework for new kinds of crimes, especially cyber crime, coupled with a limitation in the coordination with other agencies in investing and extraditing cases and criminals consisting of foreign factors.

In the rest of the year, the agency will continue enhancing the quality of investigations and enforcement actions, while speeding up the investigation against economic malpractice and corruption cases, they said.

Meanwhile, the force will also work to improve legal framework, enabling the smoother operation of crime investigation, they added.-VNA