In a recent development, Police Colonel Zaur Nasirov has been appointed as the head of the Stepanakert police department in Azerbaijan. Nasirov was born in 1980 and previously worked as the deputy head of the Baku city police department for operational work. Since 2021, he has been the head of the Goygol district police department. This marks the second reported appointment of an Azerbaijani in Stepanakert following Police Major General Sardar Safarov’s appointment to patrol in October of last year.
Nasirov’s appointment comes after the depopulation of Artsakh, and it is seen as a move to strengthen Azerbaijan’s control over the region. The decision has been met with mixed reactions from local residents, with some welcoming the increased security presence while others expressing concerns about potential human rights abuses.
Despite these concerns, Nasirov has stated that his primary focus will be on maintaining law and order and ensuring the safety and security of all residents in Stepanakert. He also emphasized the importance of building trust between law enforcement officials and members of the community, which he believes will be key to achieving this goal.
As for future plans, Nasirov said that he intends to prioritize crime prevention efforts and work closely with local authorities to address any issues that may arise. He also expressed a desire to improve communication with residents, which he believes will help build stronger relationships and foster a sense of collaboration between law enforcement officials and members of the community.
Overall, Nasirov’s appointment is significant in terms of Azerbaijan’s efforts to assert control over Artsakh and maintain stability in the region. While there are certainly challenges ahead, Nasirov’s experience and commitment to maintaining law and order suggest that he may be well-equipped to meet these challenges head-on.