Law enforcement in Montenegro

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Police Administration of Montenegro
Uprava Policije Crne Gore
Logo Uprava policije.png
Emblem of Montenegrin Police
Badge of Montenegrin Police Officers
Common name Policija Crne Gore
Agency overview
Formed 1994
Preceding agency
Employees 4,106 ranked police officers
Jurisdictional structure
National agency ME
Operations jurisdiction ME
Governing body Ministry of Interior
General nature
Headquarters Podgorica, 22 Svetog Petra Cetinjskog Boulevard

Minister responsible
  • Mevludin Nuhodžć, Minister of Internal Affairs
Agency executive
  • Veselin Veljović, Police Director
Regional Police Units 8

Law enforcement in Montenegro is primarily the responsibility of the Police Administration (Uprava Policije). This is a law enforcement agency that is a part of Ministry of Interior.


All units of the Police Administration report to the Police Director. Police Administration of Montenegro is formally under the jurisdiction of Ministry of the Interior, but is fully operationally independent in its law enforcement duties. Ministry retains direct control over internal affairs, issuance of personal documents for Montenegrin citizend (ID, drivers licence and passport), emergency situations management, financial and budgetary oversight of Police Administration and human resources management. Thus, the role of the Minister of the Interior is supervisory, and he has no operational authority over police officers.

Police Administration consists of 4 sectors, 2 departments and 4 other operational units, and the office of the Director of the Police Administration (Direktor Uprave Policije):

  • Sectors:
    • General Authority Police Sector
    • Criminal Police Sector
    • Border Police Sector
    • Persons and Objects Protection Sector
  • Departments:
    • Telecommunication and Electronics Department
    • Planning, Development and Analysis Department
  • Operational units:
    • Forensic Center
    • Special Anti-Terrorist Unit
    • Special Police Unit
    • Operational Communications Center

Territorial units

For direct execution of law enforcement tasks on the territory of Montenegro, 8 Regional Police Units (Područne Jedinice Policije) exist:

  • Podgorica Regional Police Unit (with Police Outposts in Danilovgrad, Cetinje and Kolašin)
  • Nikšić Regional Police Unit (with Police Outposts in Plužine and Šavnik)
  • Bar Regional Police Unit (with Police Outpost in Ulcinj)
  • Herceg Novi Regional Police Unit (with Police Outposts in Kotor and Tivat)
  • Berane Regional Police Unit (with Police Outposts in Rožaje, Plav and Andrijevica)
  • Bijelo Polje Regional Police Unit (with Police Outpost in Mojkovac)
  • Pljevlja Regional Police Unit (with Police Outpost in Žabljak)
  • Budva Regional Police Unit

Police of Montenegro is legally governed by Law on Internal Affairs of Montenegro (Zakon o unutrašnjim poslovima). In criminal matters, Police is also bound to adhere to Criminal procedure law of Montenegro (Zakonik o krivičnom postupku), and its officers are required to conduct criminal investigations per instructions of Montenegrin public prosecutors.

Resources and equipment

Badge of Montenegrin Police

The Police Administration has 4,106 employees in 2018:

  • 3,013 Police Officers
  • 149 Police Sergeants
  • 920 Police Inspectors
  • 37 Police Advisors

Public law and order officer on duty is usually equipped with a side gun (usually a Glock 17, CZ 99 are phased out), a pair of handcuffs, a police baton, and a Motorola TETRA MTP 850 S radio communication device.

The Police Administration operates a fleet of road vehicles, numbering 470 in 2016. Standard patrol car is a white Opel Astra J saloon, although various other vehicles are also operating, notably Dacia Dusters as Border police patrol cars. Special police units are usually seen in Land Rover Defender off-road vehicles and BOV-M armoured vehicles.

Police Headquarters building is located on 22 Svetog Petra Cetinjskog Boulevard, in central Podgorica. It was erected in 2010 and has 9,360 m2 (100,800 sq ft) of office space.

The Police Academy is located in Danilovgrad, and provides both basic police education, and professional and specialized training. Forensic Center is also located in Danilovgrad.

Aviation Unit

Montenegro's Civil Police Aviation Unit forms part of the Montenegro Government Aviation Unit, and purchased its first aircraft in 1972, with three more SA341 Gazelles transferred from the military air force in the 1990s.[1] Aviation unit also operates two Augusta-Bell AB412. All helicopters are based at Golubovci Airport, Podgorica.[2]


Police ranks of Montenegro
Police Officer Senior Police Officer Senior Police Officer I class Police Sergeant Senior Police Sergeant Senior Police Sergeant I class Junior Police Inspector Police Inspector Police Inspector I class Independent Police Inspector Senior Police Inspector Senior Police Inspector I class Chief Police Inspector Deputy Police Director Police Director
Policajac Stariji policajac Stariji policajac I klase Policijski narednik Stariji olicijski narednik Stariji policijski narednik I klase Mlađi policijski inspektor Policijski inspektor Policijski inspektor I klase Samostalni policijski inspektor Viši policijski inspektor Viši policijski inspektor I klase Glavni policijski inspektor Pomoćnik direktora policije Direktor policije
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See also

External links

  • Ministry of Interior (in Serbian)
  • Police Administration ((in Serbian) (in English))
  • OSCE Report Police Reform in Montenegro 2006-2011: Assessment and Recommendations - by Sonja Stojanović and Novak Gajić


  1. ^ Aeroflight Montenegro Police profile Archived 2007-03-19 at the Wayback Machine. retrieved on May 19, 2007
  2. ^ International Air Power Review Vol.9 p. 90-91
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