After interference investigation, PF discusses triple list for director

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Faced with the investigation of interference by the president Jair Bolsonaro on Federal police and of accusations of political use of the corporation in operations, the discussion on the proposal to give independence to the PF or even to create a triple list to choose the new director general gained strength. The theme, however, is not a consensus in the corporation. Delegates defend that the PF has financial, budgetary and administrative autonomy, but clerks, papiloscopistas, experts and agents are against the triple list with vote only for delegates.

“Unfortunately, we will live like this until we approve the mandate (for the PF chief)”, said the president of National Association of Federal Police Delegates (ADPF), Evandir Felix Paiva, on speculation about government interference in the corporation. “Nobody is in favor, only the delegates”, he replies Flávio Werneck, legal director of National Federation of Federal Police (Fenapef), which represents all positions in the corporation.

He says that with the crisis after the departure of Sérgio Moro of the Ministry of Justice, the delegates began to criticize the fact that the appointment of the director general is attributed to the President of the Republic, and this was an achievement of the delegates themselves through the conversion into law of MP 657, of 2014.

Werneck points out that, 31 years after the promulgation of the Constitution, the PF is one of the few federal agencies that still does not have its Organic Law, structuring careers and promotions. “There is no meritocratic way to get to the top,” he said. Fenapef defends investigative autonomy, so that the team that begins an investigation can conclude without being replaced. Currently, the exchange is the prerogative of the PF leadership.


Law experts also point out problems with defending the corporation’s administrative and financial autonomy. They argue that police bodies are not and cannot be seen as autonomous bodies within the scope of state functions. “The police are an armed body of the State. So, there is a need for police bodies to be accountable to governments, which are democratically legitimated for the exercise of power, “said the criminal lawyer. Rogério Taffarello.


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