Romanian Border Police

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Romanian Border Police
Poliţia de Frontieră Romană
Coat of arms of the Romanian Border Police
Racing stripe
Racing stripe
AbbreviationPF
PFR
MottoPATRIA ET HONOR
Motherland and Honour
Agency overview
Formed1999
Jurisdictional structure
National agencyROU
Operations jurisdictionROU
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersBucharest
Sworn membersYes
Agency executive
  • Chestor general de poliţie Buda Ioan, Inspector-general
Parent agencyMinistry of Internal Affairs
Facilities
Unmarked cars?
Boats?
Planes?
Dogs?
Website
(in Romanian) Poliţia de Frontieră

The Romanian Border Police (Romanian: Poliţia de Frontieră) is the structure of the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior responsible for the border security and passport control at border crossing points, airports and ports.[1]

Structure[edit]

Since 2001 multiple restructures and improvements occurred in order to align the service to the European counterparts. Currently it is composed of the Border Police General Inspectorate which is the central structure, subordinated to the Ministry of Internal Affairs[2], while the second tier is composed of the 5 Territorial Inspectorates (Giurgiu, Timișoara, Oradea, Sighetu Marmației, Iași) and the Coast Guard.[3] The latter was formed in 2011 when the County Inspectorates of Constanța and Tulcea were reorganized into the newly formed Coast Guard.[4]

Ranks[edit]

The Border Police uses the same ranking system as the Romanian Police, with different colors. (see Romanian Police)

Before 2002, the Border Police had military status and a military ranking system, within the Ministry of Administration and Interior (see Romanian Armed Forces ranks and insignia). In June 2002 it became a civilian police force, together with the National Police (the first police service in Eastern Europe to do so) and its personnel was structured into two corps:

  • Corpul ofiţerilor de poliţie (Police Officers Corps) - corresponding to the commissioned ranks of a military force, to the ranks of Inspector, Superintendent and Commissioner in a British-style police force or to the both Corps de conception et de direction and Corps de commande et d'encadrement in the French National Police (Police Nationale).
Rank[5] Shoulder insignia Translated as Military rank equivalent French police rank equivalent British Metropolitan Police rank equivalent
Chestor-șef de poliție EpoletChestorGeneralPF.png Police Chief-Quaestor General Directeur des services actifs Commissioner
Chestor-șef adjunct de poliție EpoletChestorSefPF.png Police Deputy-Quaestor Lieutenant General Inspecteur général Assistant Commissioner
Chestor principal de poliție EpoletChestorPrincipalPF.png Police Principal Quaestor Major General Contrôleur général Deputy Assistant Commissioner
Chestor de poliţie EpoletChestorPF.png Police Quaestor Brigadier General Contrôleur général Commander
Comisar-șef de poliție Police Chief-Commissioner Colonel Commissaire divisionnaire Chief Superintendent
Comisar de poliţie Police Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Commissaire de police Superintendent Grade I
Subcomisar de poliţie Police Sub-Commissioner Major Commandant Superintendent
Inspector principal de poliţie Police Principal Inspector Captain Capitaine Chief Inspector
Inspector de poliţie Police Inspector Lieutenant Lieutenant Inspector
Subinspector de poliţie Police Sub-Inspector Second Lieutenant Lieutenant intern Temporary/Probationary Inspector
  • Corpul agenţilor de poliţie (Police Agents Corps) - corresponding to the non-commissioned ranks of a military force, to the Corps de maîtrise et d'application in the French National Police or to the ranks of Constable or Sergeant in a British-style police force.
Rank Shoulder insignia Translated as Military rank equivalent French police rank equivalent British Metropolitan Police rank equivalent
Agent-şef principal de poliţie Police Principal Chief Agent Sergeant Major Brigadier-major Station Sergeant
Agent-şef de poliţie Police Chief Agent Master Sergeant Brigadier-chef Station Sergeant
Agent-şef adjunct de poliţie Police Deputy Chief Agent Sergeant First Class Brigadier Sergeant
Agent principal de poliţie Police Principal Agent Staff Sergeant Gardien de la paix Acting Sergeant
Agent de poliţie Police Agent Sergeant Gardien de la paix stagiare Constable

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Historic ships[edit]

  • VG-10 class patrol boat: built in Santierul Naval Braila in 1953–1954 years.[8]

Future prospects[edit]

As of october 2020 there is an ongoing tender for 4 new 38-43m patrol boats to replace the ageing Neustadt class boats.[9] The Neustadt class vessels were built during 1969-1970 for the German Federal Border Guard, the first one being bought by the Romanian Border Police in 2002 and the other 3 in 2005. Previous attempts to replace them have failed, mainly because of lack of funding.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://polis.osce.org/countries/details.php?item_id=40#Country_Profile_Section_177 Archived 2017-01-24 at the Wayback Machine OSCE entry on Romanian Border Police
  2. ^ Frontiera, Politia de. "Organizare - Politia de Frontiera". Poliția de Frontieră Română. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  3. ^ Frontiera, Politia de. "Structuri subordonate - Main | Politia de Frontiera". Poliția de Frontieră Română. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  4. ^ "Proiectul de lege privind înfiinţarea Gărzii de Coastă, aprobat de Executiv – MINISTERUL AFACERILOR INTERNE". www.mai.gov.ro. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  5. ^ Art 73 Dispoziții finale și tranzitorii | Lege 360/2002
  6. ^ GlobalSecurity.org
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ SHIPSPOTTING.com
  9. ^ "Damen Shipyards și alți doi ofertanți la licitația pentru nave de patrulare destinate Poliției de Frontieră". Profit.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 2020-10-25.

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