Law enforcement in Georgia (country)

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Georgian police's patrol car Ford Taurus Police Interceptor.

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 underwent 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. 
  • "Report on the Current Situation with the Recommendations for Reform" (PDF). The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  • Tim Weber (2004-01-22). "Georgia seeks anti-corruption fund". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 

External links

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

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