The Militsiya of the Republic of Belarus is a law enforcement agency in Belarus responsible for regular policing duties in the country.
There are several different types of police in Belarus:
- Traffic Police: responsible for road safety
- MVD: the general police force
- KGB: state security agency
History of the Belarusian Militsiya
The original Belarusian Militsiya was founded on 4 March 1917 during the events of the February Revolution, when prominent Bolshevik leader and politician Mikhail Frunze was appointed temporary police chief of the local Minsk civilian militia. Just three days later, various Belarusian cities began the process of creating police departments. The provisional regulations on the police were issued on 17 April 1917, establishing the Militsiya as an executive body of state power. In Belarus, as well as in newly formed Russian SFSR as a whole, the Militsiya replaced the previous Tsarist police services such as the Okhrana. On 10 November (28 October, O.S.) 1917, days after the October Revolution took place, the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD) issued a decree on the first normative act defining the creation of the Soviet Militsiya.
A single police structure was developed for the Socialist Soviet Republic of Byelorussia in 1919, which enabled on 30 November 1920 in the form of the Main Police Administration of the BSSR. In July 1934, the NKVD took up secret police duties in the Belarusian SSR, with duties being transferred to the BSSR’s Interior Ministry in March 1946. In early February 1962, law enforcement was handled solely by Soviet Belarusian authorities instead of the national agency. On 1 March 1991, the Supreme Soviet of Belarus enacted the Law “On the Police”, which is the main legal act regulating the activities of the internal affairs bodies of an independent republic. On 17 July 2007, the National Assembly of Belarus adopted a law effectively making the Belarusian police a fundamental and flagship agency of the MVD/MUS. 4 March is today considered the birthday of the modern Belarusian police service.
The Structure of Belarusian Militsiya
Its law enforcement central agency, the Militsiya, is considered to be the main policing and law enforcement agency in Belarus, consisting of services such as:
National Police Headquarters
- Criminal Police;
- Central Department of Criminal Investigation;
- Central Department for Combatting Economic Crimes;
- Department for Drug Control and Trafficking in Human Beings Combatting;
Public Security Police
- Central Department for Law and Order Ensuring and Prevention of Crimes;
- Department of State Traffic Police;
- Department of Daily On-Duty Service;
- Minsk City Police Department;
- Brest City Police Department;
- Gomel City Police Department;
- Mogilev City Police Department;
- Vitebsk City Police Department;
- The Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus;
- The Mogilev Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs;
- Centre for Professional Development of Executives and Specialists of the Ministry of Internal Affairs;
- Minsk City Cadet College № 1.
Cooperation with international agencies
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has cooperated with several international law enforcement organisations including Interpol and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Examples also include the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe which under the auspices of many projects and programs, has helped developed Belarusian law enforcement capabilities.