Law enforcement in Moldova

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Mounted Moldovan police in a park.

Law enforcement in Moldova is regulated with the use of state institutions subordinate to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, such as the IGP (General Police Inspectorate) and the Border Police.


In 1995 the national police of Moldova were under the direction of the Ministry of Interior. Internal troops were reported to have 2,500 men, and the numbers of riot police were put at 900.

The scope and quality of Moldova's state security apparatus were difficult to determine. Like the armed forces, local assets of the former Moldavian KGB were transferred to the new government along with those personnel who wished to enter the service of the new government. These elements now function under the republic's control as the Ministry of National Security.


Public perception[edit]

The common lack of respect towards law, in general, among moldovans results in a predominant distrust for police. This is not helped by the fact that police incompetency due to various reasons is frequent.[1]

Ill-treatment by police[edit]

Torture and ill-treatment in Moldova remain widespread and systemic despite some initial legislative steps made by the government to change police practices in order to eradicate it, Amnesty International said in October 2007.[2]

"Although efforts have been made to bring legislation into line with international and European standards, practice and attitudes are lagging behind. Beatings and abuse of detainees remain the norm. Channels for seeking redress stay blocked. Lack of transparency breeds impunity," Amnesty Internationals researcher said.[3]

The events during the April 2009 Moldova civil unrest have drawn criticism of human rights violations, including in regard to the deaths of Valeriu Boboc, Ion Ţâbuleac, and Eugen Ţapu

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Internal Affairs Ministry Moldova Police (IGP)


  1. ^ Barbaroșie, Arcadie; Pîntea, Iurie. "Activitatea Polițienească în Republica Moldova. Percepții Interne și Externe" (PDF). Institutul de Politici Publice. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Moldova: Police torture and ill-treatment: "It's just normal."". Amnesty International. 23 October 2007.
  3. ^ "Moldova: Urgent measures needed to stop torture or other ill-treatment". Amnesty International USA. 23 October 2007. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009.