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A delegation from the National Police General Directorate participated in the closing conference on a project on gender-based violence

A delegation from the National Police General Directorate took part in the closing conference of the Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE) on the project "Effective Legal Strategies and Practices for Combating Gender-Based Violence in Eastern Europe". The forum took place from 6 to 7 March 2020 in the Austrian capital Vienna. The Delegation from the Ministry of the Interior included the Deputy Director of the National Police General Directorate, Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva, Inspector Penka Stoyanova, National Coordinator on Domestic Violence in Bulgaria, Inspector Desislava Petrova- Loleva from the Criminal Police Department and Ms. Yoana Lyutskanova, Senior Investigator from the Shumen Regional Directorate of Interior. Ms. Emilia Kraleva, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the UN Office, to the negotiations and forums of the OSCE and the international organizations in Vienna, Deputy Prosecutor General Ms. Desislava Pironeva, Mr. Sava Petrov from the Supreme Court of Cassation, Mr. Ivaylo Ivanov, Administrative Head of the Regional Prosecutor's Office in Kyustendil, also participated from the Bulgarian side.

Gender-based violence is one of the most serious and pervasive human rights abuses, which not only affects the personal safety and security of victims, but also hinders their individual and social development. Due to a number of shortcomings in the criminal justice system and legislation, many victims are at risk of further violence.

The OSCE is therefore assisting Member States in the development of programs and activities aimed at preventing all forms of gender-based violence.

In this regard, with the financial support of the European Commission through the Program for Rights, Equality and Citizenship (2014-2020) and the governments of Germany and Austria, a similar project was implemented between 2018 and 2020 in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.

The project aimed to raise public awareness, but also to improve the professional knowledge, skills and technical capacity of law-enforcement authorities to tackle violence.

In Bulgaria, within the framework of the project, trainings were organized by the National Police General Directorate. There was also a nationwide campaign aimed at preventing domestic and gender-based violence.  

 

11 Mar 2020

Minister Marinov: Colleagues, thank you for your efforts for ensuring the safety and security of the Bulgarian citizens

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 awards

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 awards

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.

Incentive awards

- 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.

Civic contribution

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.

17 Dec 2019

Milko Berner: Create and succeed!

The Deputy minister of interior greeted the participants in the national drawing contest “I and the Children’s Police Department"

The 13 winners of the National Drawing Contest "I and the Children's Police Department" were announced today. A total of 87 students participated with their works, and 13 of them were awarded and received their prizes at a ceremony held at the National Palace of Children. It was attended by the Deputy minsters of Interior and of Education and Science, Milko Berner and Petar Nikolov, the MoI Secretary General, Chief commissioner Ivaylo Ivanov, the Director of the National Police General Directorate, Chief commissioner Hristo Terziyski, and Vanya Kastreva, Head of the Regional Department of Education – Sofia city.

Keep dreaming and achieving your dreams. I wish you to become good people and to know that one feels satisfied when helping others. Create and succeed, with these words Deputy Minister Berner addressed the young artists.

All the works that you sent us will be exhibited and sold at the annual Police Officer of the Year ceremony, and the proceeds will be donated to the National Charity Campaign to support the children of MoI officers killed and injured in the performance of their duty, added Chief commissioner Terziyski, the symbolic host of the ceremony.

The big prizes in the competition went to Kalina Trayanova from the town of Kavarna and Vladimir Dimitrov from the village of Orizari, Plovdiv region.

The program “Children's Police Diepartment” has been implemented since 2016 by MoI officers. For the realization of the program, an agreement was concluded between four ministries - the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Education and Science, The Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Justice, and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Bulgarian Red Cross, the Bulgarian Tourist Union and the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria.

11 Dec 2019

The Ministry of Interior and the National Police General Directorate are partners in the ongoing OSCE regional awareness campaign on gender-based violence

It is held in Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary

 The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has launched a campaign in three countries in Southeast Europe - Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary – to combat violence against women. In Bulgaria, as starting date was chosen 25 November 2019, which marks the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women.

 „The campaign aims to raise awareness against gender-based violence”, said at the press conference the Deputy director of the National Police General Directorate, Senior commissioner Blagorodna Makeva.  It was attended by inspector Penka Stoyanova from Security police, inspector Desislava Victorova from Criminal police and Ms. Kalina Lazarova from the National Institute of Justice.  The campaign will go on for 3 weeks, with partners from Bulgaria being the Ministry of Interior, the NPGD, the National Institute of Justice and the Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassation.

The campaign is the final part of the project “Effective Criminal Justice Strategies and Practices to Combat Gender-based Violence in Eastern Europe”, which is implemented over the last two years in the three countries. It is aimed at both police officers and society, as well as the victims themselves.

"It is important to recognize that combating gender-based violence should not only be a matter for law enforcement and the justice system, but also for the social system and civil society. This is possible through the comprehensive and integrated approach that OSCE has to security", the project manager Jan Mill pointed out in his address.

"Within the project framework, police officers, who are the first responders in cases of violence, will be provided with a manual that also contains guidance on how to deal with such cases.

Posters, TV and radio clips have been produced to make the general public aware. They aim not only to raise awareness of violence against women, but also to encourage reporting it. They will also promote the free assistance hotlines available in the three countries, as well as opportunities for subsequent protection of women experiencing violence.

25 Nov 2019

SELEC ranked an operation of the National Police General Directorate as the best operation for the first half of the year

SELEC Executive Director Snezhana Maleeva personally awarded the certificates to the officers who participated in the three operations. The meetings were attended by the Director of NPGD Chief Commissioner Hristo Terziyski, the Director of GDCOC Chief Commissioner Ivaylo Spiridonov,  Svetlin Danailov, Bulgarian liaison officer at SELEC. The ranking was done by a committee whose members are elected on a rotating basis. For the first half of the year, 14 operations were proposed for rewards, 5 of which with the participation of Bulgaria.

The NPGD’s 's anti-telephone fraud operation, carried out on 18 April, which included the Directorate of Criminal Investigation of the Romanian police, was rated and announced as best operation for the period by the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center - SELEC.

То recall that the operation was carried out on the territory of Bulgaria and Romania with the participation of officers from the National Police, the Regional MoI Directorate of Veliko Tarnovo, the Defense Bureau with the Prosecutor General, the Romanian Police, and the Romanian Prosecutor's Office. Eurojust and SELEC assisted the investigation. In the course of actions were detained five Bulgarians who served as “mules”, and in Romania – six more individuals from the highest hierarchical level of the gang, including the boss, as well as more than 23 “dialers” who had constantly been dialing different phone numbers throughout Bulgaria. The investigation started in 2017 and began in Veliko Tarnovo. Once the scales had surpassed the territory of the Regional MoI directorate, the case was taken over by the NPGD. The Special Prosecutor's Office and Romanian colleagues also took part in the action. According to the data, frauds committed by this gang amount to over BGN 2 million.

Second and third place in the ranking went to two operations carried out with the active participation of GDCOC. One of them was performed on 04.06.2019, in which an illegal cigarette factory was dismantled in Tamines, Belgium. This was made possible thanks to information provided by GDCOC about participation of Bulgarian workers in the illegal production of cigarettes. Seven people were detained in the course of actions, and more than 26 million pieces of cigarettes, over 10 tons of processed tobacco, cigarette-manufacturing machines, generators and equipment were seized from the premises. The second nominated operation, related to combating drug trafficking, was conducted on January 16 together with the Turkish services, in which 67 kg of heroin was seized from a TIR-truck at Kapukule border checkpoint on the way from Turkey to Bulgaria, hidden in a specially built hiding place in the floor of the trailer. After receiving operational information, the officers from GDCOC conducted an active operation and identified the Bulgarian citizen and the truck he was moving with.

SELEC is the successor to the Southeast Europe Cooperation Initiative (SECI Center), a Regional Center for combating cross-border crime, operating in Bucharest since 2000. It has 11 member countries - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Northern Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey. Each of them has liaison officers from the Ministries of Interior and the Customs authorities, who coordinate the interaction of the national competent authorities of the respective countries.

13 Nov 2019

Regional Directorates of Ministry of Interior

Other Ministry structures
  • Metropolitan Directorate of Interior
  • Traffic Police
  • Blagoevgrad
  • Burgas
  • Varna
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Vidin
  • Vratsa
  • Gabrovo
  • Dobrich
  • Kardzhali
  • Kyustendil
  • Lovech
  • Montana
  • Pazardzhik
  • Pernik
  • Pleven
  • Plovdiv
  • Razgrad
  • Ruse
  • Silistra
  • Sliven
  • Smolyan
  • Sofia
  • Stara Zagora
  • Targovishte
  • Haskovo
  • Shumen
  • Yambol