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Chief Directorate "Gendarmerie"

Chief Directorate "Gendarmerie"

Director: Chief Commissar Zhivko Hristov Zhivkov
E-mail: nsj@mvr.bg

The Chief Directorate "Gendarmerie" is a specialised highly-mobile police structure providing a service to the public; independently and jointly with other services it is responsible for crisis management, restoring and maintaining public order in cases of riots; it has the function of a reserve of the Ministry of the Interior for guaranteeing internal security.   

The territorial structures of the Chief Directorate "Gendarmerie" perform their functions and tasks in their areas of responsibility that cover the territories of several administrative units and are specified by an Order of the Minister of the Interior.

The Chief Directorate "Gendarmerie" has the following main tasks:
- organise and provide security of strategic and important cites;
- dismantle terrorist and diversion groups;
- participate in the organisation of the activities related to maintaining public order outside population centres;
- participate in the prevention, detection and investigation of crimes or other violations of public order outside population centres;
- search for and detain persons in the cases provided for by law;
- collect, process, use and provide information received in the process of implementing its functions;
- establish and eradicate the reasons and pre-conditions for committing crimes or other violations of public order in accordance with its competence and assist citizens in the protection of their life, health and property, as well as their rights and legitimate interests;
- provide assistance to other state bodies and officials when their activities are illegally obstructed;
- take all necessary actions within its powers in cases when there are data of committed crimes or other violations of public order;
- provide assistance to victims of crimes and other violations of public order, in cases of emergencies, disasters, accidents as well as to persons in a helpless state.

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