Law enforcement in Georgia (country)

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Georgian police's patrol car Škoda Octavia IV.

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] As of 2017 you can contact Georgian police with a 112 Emergency Dispatch.[2]



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In the mid-2000s the Patrol Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia underwent a radical transformation. In 2005 Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili fired "the entire traffic police force" of the Georgian National Police due to corruption,[3] numbering around 30,000 police officers.[4]

A new force was built around new recruits.[3] The United States State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law-Enforcement Affairs has provided assistance to the training efforts.[5] Patruli was first introduced in the summer of 2005 replacing the traffic police, which were accused of corruption.[6]

Throughout the reformation, policemen were presented with new Volkswagen cars and navy blue uniforms, with "Police" written on the back. They were armed with Israeli Jericho-941SFL pistols instead of PMs.

The Georgian Immigration Enforcement Training Video Unit (GIETVU) works to improve training methods for immigration enforcement operatives.[7]

In 2009 the U.S. State Department launched U.S. State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program "The Georgia-to-Georgia Exchange Program", providing Georgian policemen with education courses in the State of Georgia. On June the United States funded 20 million dollars on these courses.


  1. ^ "Security Notice". American Embassy Tbilisi. Archived from the original on 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
  2. ^ "112". Ministry of Internal Affairs.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Siegel, Robert (15 September 2005). "Georgia's National Police Corruption Project". Interview with Georgian Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili. NPR. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  5. ^ Stamer, Andrew (1 August 2005). "Building security in the Republic of Georgia". Soldiers Magazine (via Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Remarks by President Saakashvili at the CIS Summit in Tbilisi". President of Georgia. June 3, 2005. Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
  7. ^ "The Georgian Immigration Enforcement Training Video Unit has successfully recorded its 4000th arrest". Finanzen. January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 6, 2020.[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

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