Law enforcement in Georgia (country)

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Law enforcement in Georgia is conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. Currently, there are more than 42,000 registered police officers.[citation needed]


Georgian policemen in Tbilisi in November 2007.

The Georgian police introduced an 022 emergency dispatch service in 2004.[1]


In the mid-2000s, the Patrol Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has undergone a radical transformation. In 2005. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili fired "the entire traffic police force" of the Georgian National Police due to corruption,[2] numbering around 30,000 police officers.[3]

A new force was built around new recruits.[2]The United States State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law-Enforcement Affairs has provided assistance to the training efforts.[4] Patruli was first introduced in the summer of 2005 replacing the traffic police, which were accused of corruption.[5]


  1. ^ "Security Notice". American Embassy Tblisi. Archived from the original on 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b McDonald, Mark (13 June 2007). "Firing of traffic police force stands as a symbol of hope in Georgia". Tbilisi, Georgia. Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  3. ^ Siegel, Robert (15 September 2005). "Georgia's National Police Corruption Project". Interview with Georgian Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili. NPR. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  4. ^ Stamer, Andrew (1 August 2005). "Building security in the Republic of Georgia". Soldiers Magazine (via Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Remarks by President Saakashvili at the CIS Summit in Tbilisi". President of Georgia. June 3, 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 

External links[edit]

  • The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. Official Website.