Romanian Police

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Romanian Police
Poliția Română
Common name Poliția
Abbreviation PR
COA-Politia Romana.svg
Motto Lex et Honor
Law and Honour
Agency overview
Formed 1990
Preceding agency Miliția
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency ROU
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Bucharest
Agency executive Chestor de poliție Bogdan Despescu[1], Secretary of State, General Inspector
Parent agency Ministry of Administration and Interior
Website (English) (Romanian)

The Romanian Police (Romanian: Poliția Română, pronounced [poˈlit͡si.a roˈmɨnə]) is the national police force and main civil law enforcement agency in Romania. It is subordinated to the Ministry of Administration and Interior and it is led by a General Inspector with the rank of Secretary of State.[2]


The Romanian Police are responsible for:

  • the protection of the fundamental rights and liberties of the citizens and of the private and public property
  • the prevention and identification of criminal offences and their perpetrators
  • maintaining the public order and safety


General Inspectorate of Romanian Police is the central unit of police in Romania, which manages, guides, supports and controls the activity of the Romanian police units, investigates and analyses very serious crimes related to organized crime, economic, financial or banking criminality, or to other crimes which make the object of the criminal cases investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, and which has any other attributions assigned by law.

Romanian Volkswagen Police Cars

The organizational chart of General Inspectorate of Romanian Police includes general directorates, directorates, services and, offices established by the order of the Minister of Administration and Interior.

The General Inspectorate is under the command of a General Inspector appointed by the Minister of Administration and Interior. Since March 2015, the General Inspector of the Police is appointed by the Prime Minister and also holds the rank of Secretary of State.[3]

Central units

  • General Directorate for Countering the Organized Crime - with 5 central directorates (Anti-Drug Directorate, Directorate of Combating Human Trafficking, Cyber Crime Directorate, Directorate of Combating Terrorism Financing and Money Laundering, Special Operations Directorate) and 15 regional Brigades of Countering Organized Criminality. These Brigades are specialized units and have the mission to fight against organized crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal migration, cyber crime, serious financial frauds, financing terrorism and money laundering.
  • General Directorate for Criminal Investigations - with 3 central directorates: Fraud Investigations Directorate, Criminal Investigations Directorate, Directorate of Firearms, Explosives and Toxic Substances.
  • General Directorate for Public Safety Police - with 3 central directorates: Public Order Directorate, Traffic Police Directorate, Transport Police Directorate.
  • General Directorate for Administrative Police - with 4 central directorates: Forensics Institute, Directorate for Criminal Records, Statistics and Operational Registry, Directorate for Logistics Management, the Directorate for IT&C.

Under the command of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police operates a specialized intervention squad, The Independent Service of Special Interventions and Operations.

Uniformed police agents (agenți) from the Public Order Directorate

Territorial units

The Romanian Police is divided into 41 County Police Inspectorates, corresponding to each county (județ), and The Bucharest General Directorate of Police.

Each County Police Inspectorate has a rapid reaction unit (Detașamentul de Poliție pentru Intervenție Rapidă, Police Rapid Intervention Squad). The similar unit attached to the Bucharest Police is called Serviciul de Poliție pentru Intervenție Rapidă (Police Rapid Intervention Service).

Facilities and equipment

The Romanian Police has, altogether, roughly 9,500 intervention vehicles.[4] The fleet is mostly comprised by Dacia Logans and various Volkswagen vehicles. Mercedes Vito is yet another model in use, used by the special forces, border police and others. The Road/Traffic Police also has BMWs, Seat and Lotus vehicles, used for road chasing.[5]

The police also uses helicopters for air surveillance and immediate response.[6] The most common manufacturer is Eurocopter.

A policeman on duty carries a side gun (usually a Pistol Carpați Md. 1974, Makarov PM or Glock semi-automated weapon), a pair of handcuffs, an expandable baton, a radio communication device and identification.


Before 2002, the National Police had military status and a military ranking system (see Romanian Armed Forces ranks and insignia). In June 2002 it became a civilian police force (the first police service in Eastern Europe to do so) and its personnel was structured into two corps:

  • Corpul ofițerilor de poliție (Police Officers Corps) - corresponding to the commissioned ranks of a military force, to the ranks of Inspector, Superintendent and Commissioner in a British-style police force or to the both Corps de conception et de direction and Corps de commande et d'encadrement in the French National Police (Police Nationale).
Rank Shoulder insignia Translated as Military rank equivalent French police rank equivalent British Metropolitan Police rank equivalent
Chestor-general de poliție ChestorGeneral.png Police Quaestor-General General Directeur des services actifs Commissioner
Chestor-șef de poliție ChestorSef.png Police Chief-Quaestor Lieutenant General Inspecteur général Assistant Commissioner
Chestor principal de poliție ChestorPrincipal.png Police Principal Quaestor Major General Contrôleur général Deputy Assistant Commissioner
Chestor de poliție Chestor.png Police Quaestor Brigadier General Contrôleur général Commander
Comisar-șef de poliție ComisarSef.png Police Chief-Commissioner Colonel Commissaire divisionnaire Chief Superintendent
Comisar de poliție Comisar.png Police Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Commissaire de police Superintendent Grade I
Subcomisar de poliție Subcomisar.png Police Sub-Commissioner Major Commandant Superintendent
Inspector principal de poliție InspectorPrincipal.png Police Principal Inspector Captain Capitaine Chief Inspector
Inspector de poliție Inspector.png Police Inspector Lieutenant Lieutenant Inspector
Subinspector de poliție Subinspector.png Police Sub-Inspector Second Lieutenant Lieutenant intern Temporary/Probationary Inspector
  • Corpul agenților de poliție (Police Agents Corps) - corresponding to the non-commissioned ranks of a military force, to the Corps de maîtrise et d'application in the French National Police or to the ranks of Constable or Sergeant in a British-style police force.
Rank Shoulder insignia Translated as Military rank equivalent French police rank equivalent British police rank equivalent
Agent-șef principal de poliție AgentSefPrincipal.png Police Principal Chief Agent Sergeant Major Brigadier-major Station Sergeant
Agent-șef de poliție AgentSef.png Police Chief Agent Master Sergeant Brigadier-chef Station Sergeant
Agent-șef adjunct de poliție AgentSefAdjunct.png Police Deputy Chief Agent Sergeant First Class Brigadier Sergeant
Agent principal de poliție AgentPrincipal.png Police Principal Agent Staff Sergeant Gardien de la paix Acting Sergeant
Agent de poliție Agent.png Police Agent Sergeant Gardien de la paix stagiaire Constable

See also


External links


  1. "Chestorul Bogdan Despescu, inspectorul şef al IPJ Constanţa, noul şef al Poliţiei Române" (in Romanian). Ziua de Constanța. 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2015-12-11.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. OSCE entry on Romanian police
  3. "Iohannis promulgă legea prin care şeful Poliţiei are rang de secretar de stat şi e numit de premier" (in Romanian). 11 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2016.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Deficit of over 7,000 police officers
  5. Romanian Police received a premium vehicle reaching 100 kmh in 5 seconds
  6. Police supervises traffic from helicopters