Border Police (Bulgaria)

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The Main Directorate "Border Police" (Bulgarian: Главна дирекция „Гранична полиция”) is an agency of the Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior that is responsible for maintaining border controls at the points of entry and security along the land, sea and riverine borders.[1]. It is one of the Ministry's five operational services (along with the Main Directorate "National Police", Main Directorate "Combat against Organised Crime", Main Directorate "Fire Security and Civil Protection" and the Specialized Counter-Terrorism Force)[2]. The current director-general of the Border Police is Svetlan Kichikov.


MAIN DIRECTORATE "BORDER POLICE" (Главна дирекция "Гранична полиция") - the central management authority of the agency, including headquarters services and specialised services, such as intelligence and international coordination departments and training establishments.[3]

  • Regional Directorate "Border Police" - Airports (Регионална Дирекция "Гранична Полиция" - Аерогари)
  • Regional Directorate "Border Police" - Ruse (Регионална Дирекция "Гранична Полиция" - Русе), guards the whole northern border with Romania, including the Bulgarian section of the Danube River and the land border section in Dobrudja.
  • Regional Directorate "Border Police" - Burgas (Регионална Дирекция "Гранична Полиция" - Бургас), guards the whole eastern sea border.
    • Central Departments
    • 4 Border Police Headquarters: Kavarna, Varna, Burgas and Tsarevo
    • "Border Police Ships" Base - Sozopol (База "Гранични полицейски кораби" - Созопол)
  • Regional Directorate "Border Police" - Elhovo (Регионална Дирекция "Гранична Полиция" - Елхово), guards the border with Turkey.
  • Regional Directorate "Border Police" - Smolyan (Регионална Дирекция "Гранична Полиция" - Смолян), guards the border with Greece
  • Regional Directorate "Border Police" - Kyustendil (Регионална Дирекция "Гранична Полиция" - Кюстендил), guards the border with Macedonia.
  • Regional Directorate "Border Police" - Dragoman (Регионална Дирекция "Гранична Полиция" - Драгоман), guards the border with Serbia.
  • Specialised force "Aerial Surveillance" (Специализиран отряд "Въздушно наблюдение" - ГДГП), the helicopter squadron of the Border Police, flying 3 AgustaWestland AW109 and 1 AgustaWestland AW139.


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