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General Information

Admission to the OSCE: 30 January 1992

OSCE Office in Yerevan: Established on 22 July 1999. Please visit the Links section to view its official website.

Policing overview: The Police of the Republic of Armenia (PRA) is a “Body Adjunct to the Government” with Central Body, Yerevan Police Department, 10 departments and 54 Police districts.


Police

1. Functions and missions
2. Structure and organization
3. Staff data

1. Functions and missions
The Law on the Police was passed by the Armenian National Assembly on April 16, 2001, the day henceforth celebrated as the national "Police Day". In accordance with Armenia 's obligations under its accession to the Council of Europe, the Law of the Republic of Armenia "On Service in Police" was passed in June 2002, and the Law o f the Republic of Armenia "On Adopting the Discipline Code of the Police of the Republic of Armenia" was passed on May 11, 2005. Re-organization of the Ministry of the Interior into the professional Police of the Republic of Armenia was completed by January 1, 2003. The Penitentiary Division of the police was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice while the Fire Department was incorporated into the Emergency Management Department.

2. Structure and organization
The Police of the Republic of Armenia (PRA) is referred to as a "body adjunct to the Government of Armenia" and is territorially divided into the Central Body, Yerevan Police Department, 10 Police departments (Yerevan and 10 Marz, each has 1 department) and 54 police districts. The PRA also includes the Police Troops, Educational Centre and the Police Academy.

PRA's Central Body heads the police command staff and consists of the Offices of the Chief, Deputy Chiefs and specialized branches (Departments and Divisions). Among the operational directorates are key branches:

  • Combating Organized Crime Main Department  (including the Trafficking in Drugs and Human Beings Department)
  • Criminal Investigations Main Department
  • Transport Department

The Departments of the Central Body are: Headquarters, Combating Organized Crime Main Department, Criminal Investigations Main Department, Investigative Main Department, Public Order Department, Personnel Department, Information Centre, Public Relations and Press Department, Finances and Economic Affairs Department, Administration, Department of Road Inspection, Passports and Visas Department, State Protection Department, Criminal Forensics and Legal Affairs Department, as well as the National Central Bureau of Interpol.

The activities of the Police are directed by the Chief of the Police, who is appointed by the President at the nomination of the Prime Minister. The Chief has one First Deputy and several Deputies, appointed by the President upon nomination by the Chief. The Commander of the Police Troops is appointed by the President and serves as ex officio Deputy Chief of the Police. Each of the Deputy Chiefs is assigned a sphere of responsibility by the Chief of Police, who is also assisted by a group of Advisers.

To view a Police Organization Chart, please visit the Attachments section.

3. Staff data
Decrees passed in October 2002 and April 2003 set the rules for police officers' uniforms and for wearing them. Police personnel are armed primarily with Soviet-made firearms and ammunition, including Makarov and TT handguns, and AKS, AKM, and AK-74 automatic rifles.
 

Attachments

  Armenia - Police Organization Chart [English] (56.61 Kb) Armenia - Police Organization Chart [English] (Format: PDF) http://polis.osce.org/countries/view?item_id=5&attach_id=107
Organization Chart of the Armenian National Police
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Links

Government of the Republic of Armenia  Government of the Republic of Armenia http://www.gov.am/
Official website of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, available in Armenian, Russian and English.

OSCE Office in Yerevan  OSCE Office in Yerevan http://www.osce.org/yerevan/
Official website of the OSCE Office in Yerevan. The Office contributes to the development of democratic institutions in the country, strengthening civil society, and promoting OSCE standards and principles.

OSCE/ ODIHR Legislationline - Armenia  OSCE/ ODIHR Legislationline - Armenia http://www.legislationline.org/topics/country/45/topic/12
Legislationline is a gratis internet-based legislative database published and maintained by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Police of the Republic of Armenia  Police of the Republic of Armenia http://www.police.am/
Official website of the Republic of Armenia Police, available in Armenian only.

Last Updated: 30 April 2009

Also see: Georgia, Turkey