25 Reform of the Georgian Police

Reform of the Georgian Police

Posted on July 10, 2012 by team

Georgians didn’t limit themselves by renaming militia into police only. They have really made considerable changes in the structure of the ministry and achieved evident results. For example, road police reform, this service was so much corrupt that they had to fully liquidate it.  The country lived without traffic police for three months. It was like a crime family. Drivers of heavy trucks even started to put money in the matchbox and just threw it out of the window when were passing a traffic police checkpoint…

All the staff for the patrol force was strictly selected. Their cars have computer equipment and the internet connection, the crews are provided with Croatian weapons (HS9). They are responsible for everything that requires prompt response. Everything else is responsibility of the criminal police. All policemen have been specially trained and have higher legal education.

Since 2004 Georgia practically declared war to thieves within the law. In 1 year after the reform was started the Georgian president announced that credibility for the patrol force rose from 5% to 90%.

New building for the police in Tbilisi, the project belongs to an Italian architect Michele de Lucchi. 

In 2006 the number of criminal cases started to decrease. The president of the country truly believes in success and the victory over the organized crime.

Dining hall for the employees and soldiers who stand guard at the Ministry.

In March 2010 a police inspector was paid $390, patrol force employee was paid $480, heads of departments and detectives earned $720. This was much higher than the average salary in Georgia. The profession of a policeman was one of the most prestigious in the country, 50 candidates aspired to one position. 

Georgia regularly obtained money from the state budget of the USA for the police reform. Today the salaries of policemen are twice higher than the average salary in Georgia. Apart from various types of insurance a police inspector earns $400—500, a patrol force employee – $600—1000, heads of departments and detectives – up to $2000.

They not only changed the military personnel, for a $50 bribe a police employee could be imprisoned for 10 years. Taking bribes was shot with cameras, reported about in mass media, policemen were also punished for protection of colleagues taking bribes. Even special “traps” were arranged for checking how honest the personnel is.

What is finally the result of all these efforts?

According to the level of corruption Georgia occupies the fifth place in the world. It is among other most non-corrupt countries like Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Poland, Norway, Spain, Great Britain, the USA and other developed countries.
Only 3% of the interrogated people confessed that they bribed in 2010 in some state institutions, only 9% believe that the situation with corruption became worse. 78% of the respondents stated that the corruption decreased.

Georgian police continues to provide all its employees with tablet computers which were named PolicePads. With such a computer any police officer may obtain the detailed information about any citizen of the country.


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25 Responses to “Reform of the Georgian Police”

  1. Ian, Russ says:

    American dollars well spent on the collaborative program.

  2. YJ says:

    The signs of a tiny policed state in the making. No matter where you are and how you dress them up dogs are dogs and you have to treat them like one. And why the hell my tax dollars was spent on something that has nothing to do with this country.

  3. post soviet says:

    look nice for the post soviet country :)))))))))

  4. nope says:

    Low corruption is an unrealistic claim. Almost no economic activity in Georgia is above ground. One-fifth of the population lives in Russia illegally to earn money. Bribes are just a small piece of the story. The country receives a tremendous amount of aid – almost as much as Israel – and spends it on fashionable architecture.

    Some of it is to be used when the US and Israel bomb Iran and make a grab for the Caspian oil.

  5. Freemason says:

    Have they changed the official language to Am.English yet? And look at
    the pyramid! I mean look at it!! There´s no question as to who runs the show now is it?

  6. Sasha says:

    This government tries to s**k up to America so hard it is laughable. My god, try to have your identity.

  7. albo says:

    Nice. We’re paying for spiffy new buildings and back in the USA, our police are being laid off.

  8. Kilroy Was Here says:

    Good work Georgia. I’m proud of you. Keep up the good work…

  9. Satan says:

    Israel II, the Electric Bugaloo.

  10. Apu Gupta says:

    that is actually a very good effort and it is the only reason Sakashvili can have respect. Russia should take example from that …

  11. Testicules says:

    Georgia is a shining example a Soviet slave state making good. To the detractors I say, no place is perfect. I applaud Georgia for making the effort well ahead of the other states. Russia seems to be sliding back into repression while Georgia is moving forward.

    PS this is a repost BTW

  12. Al says:

    to be fair when you are in tbilisi it feels safe.
    on all my business trips nothing has happened.

    when you are in russia, the ukraine, belorussia it certainly doesn’t feel that way.

  13. MikefromCanada says:

    Governments are the same the world over. As long as it’s not their money they don’t mind spending it. I wonder how Georgian hospitals look? I’d bet not as good.

  14. Leon says:

    this is actually a pretorian guard, a class of people by which ruling class protects themself from rest of population. Nothing is new there – you could have a force loylal to establishment as long as you paying enoght. and you know from where money comes from?

  15. Very impressive. But remember that democratic policing is about the relationship between police and the people they serve. For a good idea of what I am talking about I invite you to take a look at my new book, “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” and visit my blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com/ where I discuss these and other current police improvement issues. Good luck and may you and other Georgians experience great policing!

  16. meatandtwoveg says:

    well they certainly knew how to shut down organised crime: send the crooks to Russia and those who stayed in Georgia were put in jail

  17. Mihai says:

    Except for “New building for the police in Tbilisi” all other buildings look ugly, especially the pyramid.

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