The collective prize was awarded to the Fraud Unit with the National Police General Directorate
„Praiseworthy are your daily efforts in the name of society. Challenges to MoI are increasing, but the whole team has proven it can cope with them. Thank you and your families for their patience to your work for the benefit of all Bulgarian citizens”. With these words, the Minister of Interior Mladen Marinov addressed his colleagues awarded at the official ceremony “Police Officer 2019”. Today's police awards are a logical end of a dynamic year filled with many tasks that are always associated with high expectations to the Interior Ministry. The awards received the best, but behind their results stand the efforts of many colleagues, said the interior minister. He outlined the priority lines of action that the award-winning police officers also work on – protection of the state border/EU external border, counteraction to conventional crime and to serious and organized crime, protection of public order.
Minister Marinov also thanked the Prosecutor's Office for the achieved cooperation, the results of which indicate the effectiveness of the joint work. In gratitude, the Interior Minister presented to the Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov with the honorary MoI award "Valor and Merit". The Minister also used the opportunity to thank the Trust and Protection Foundation, co-founder of the award Police Officer of the Year, which is a kind of public appreciation of the work of police officers.
The 26th edition of the Police Officer of the Year award ceremony was honored by MPs, Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev, SANS Chairperson Dimitar Georgiev, former ministers and chief secretaries of MoI, police attachés.
Four individual and four collective awards were given out, as well as two incentive awards and two civic contribution awards. Some of the honorees received also awards from the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria.
During the ceremony, a tender was organized for children's drawings that had participated in the contest "I and the Children's Police Department". Of the 100 works exhibited, 61 were sold and the raised funds amounted to BGN 4190. The money will be credited to the account of the National Charity Campaign for supporting children of MoI officers killed and injured in performance of official duties. At the initiative of the host of the celebration – the Director of the National Police General Directorate, Chief Commissioner Hristo Terziyski, three of the winners of the children's drawing contest were also awarded.
Police Officer 2019
Individual Winner of the “Police Officer of the Year 2019” Award
Junior Inspector BISER CHAUSHEV - Senior Police Officer / Dog handler in the Mobile Border Police Unit of the Border Police Department - Momchilgrad, General Directorate of Border Police.
For proven high professionalism, numerous successful operative-search activities and significant contribution to preventing illegal migrants from crossing the Bulgarian state border.
1st place - Senior Inspector IVAN GERAKOV - Head of Crimes against property group in the Crime Counteraction unit, Blagoevgrad Regional MoI directorate.
For proven professionalism, purposeful and comprehensive operative-search, operative-technical and intelligence activities, resulting in detecting and documenting the criminal activity of persons involved in distribution of narcotic substances, burglaries and theft; crimes related to sales of excise goods – fuel; trafficking in human beings for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
2nd place - Inspector GALINA VELIKOVA - Investigator in the Counteraction of Economic Crime unit, Regional MoI directorate -Silistra
High professionalism in combating crime in nationally significant cases, resulting in dismantling an organized criminal group that arranged the retirement of citizens through false documents certifying work experience and social security instalments; another OCG that wrongfully arranged pensions for general illness from the territorial division of the National Social Security Institute Sofia-city.
3rdplace - junior inspector KOSTADIN KOEV - junior traffic police officer I grade in the Traffic Organization, Road Control and Preventive Action Group of the Traffic Police unit, Regional MoI directorate- Pazardzhik.
For professionalism in the performance of official duties to maintain public order and ensure safety of citizens.
Collective award “Police Officer 2019” – Fraud Unit, National Police General Directorate
For the conducted complex of operative-search, operative-technical and procedural joint activities with officers of the groups for counteracting telephone fraud at the Regional MoI Directorates of Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse and Pleven, resulting in the detention, documentation and proving the criminal activity of individuals and groups performing telephone fraud on the territory of the country.
1st place - officers from the Counterterrorism Department with the General Directorate for Countering Organized Crime
For achieved high results in the fight against organized crime, preventing and neutralizing the activities of various organized criminal structures, involved in acquiring businesses through intimidation, arson, extortion and physical injury; trafficking, possession and storage of illegal firearms and lending money for high interest; raising or providing funds to finance terrorist organizations, and sale and purchase of illegal firearms and ammunition.
2ndplace – Mobile border police group from the Elhovo Regional Border Police directorate with the General Directorate Border Police.
For professionalism during participation in specialized police operations for establishing and detaining persons, perpetrators of serious criminal offenses on the territory of the Regional MoI directorates of Sofia and Sliven.
3rd place – Criminal Police Department with Burgas Regional MoI directorate
For proven professionalism, initiative and police skills in preserving public order, combating crime and ensuring the safety of citizens, and successful realizations with numerous detainees, perpetrators of serious crimes.
- 01 Sector “Criminal Investigation” from the Investigation Department with the Metropolitan MoI Directorate
For achieved high professional results and concrete significant contribution in performing their duties, manifested professionalism in working on 480 pre-trial proceedings (180 newly created in 2019, 240 from previous years and 51 returned for collecting new evidence) for serious crimes - murder, robbery, personal injury, corruption, theft, fraud, etc.
- 01 Sector “Crimes Against Persons” from the Countering Crime Department with the Metropolitan MoI Directorate
For proven professionalism and organization of work that led to very good results in the service - 10 homicides were revealed, out of 11 committed during the year.
1. PETAR BONEV from Stara Zagora
For manifested civic behavior, risking his life on November 24, 2019, as he prevented a serious crime that endangered the life of a girl traveling on the train from Plovdiv to Varna.
2. DAMYAN KOLEV from Dimitrovgrad
For manifested civic behavior, in his position of a dormitory security guard, he respond appropriately and professionally, helping to evacuate 22 residents from the building in flames.