Admission to the OSCE: 24 March 1992
OSCE Mission to the Republic of Croatia established: April 1996. Please see the Links section for the official website of the Mission.
Policing overview: All policing in Croatia is carried out by the General Police Directorate, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior.
1. Functions and missions
The police force is a public survice of the Ministry of the Interior that provides to the citizens the protection of their fundamental constitutional rlghts and freedoms and the protection of other values protected by the Constitution. The police tasks are the following:
The police tasks are performed by police officers of the Ministry at the headquarters, as well as in regional organizational nits.
The General Police Directorate has the following tasks:
The General Police Directorate is managed by Director General.
For the purpose of performing the taks mentioned above, 20 police administrations have been established within the General Police Directorate in the Republic of Croatia.
Police administrations are classified in four categories according to the size of the area, number of inhabitans, number of criminal acts, misdemeanours and offences, characteristics of the traffic routes and geographical position.
The category of a particular police administration is determined by the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Croatia on the internal organization of the Ministry of the Interior.
Within the area of their establishment, police administrations perform the following tasks:
For the purpose of directly performing police and other tasks, 187 police stations have been established within the police administrations.
Police stations are classified in three categories according to the size of the area, number of inhabitans, number of criminal acts, misdemeanours and offences, characteristics of the traffic routes and geographical position.
The category of a particular police station is determined by the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Croatia on the internal organization of the Ministry of the Interior.
In its official letter, number 511-01-52-1153/2008 of 8 Januart 2008, the Legal and Personnel Affairs Directorate delivered the data on the total number of employed police officers and civil servants in the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia, noting that the said data is classified as "very secret" and "state secret" and thus cannot be published on web sites.
The Police Academy is an organizational unit of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia, consisting of the following units:
1. Police School
Police school implements a Seconday School Police Education Programme for adults lasting 12 months.
The programme is divided in theoretical part lasting 6 months, followed by 3 months of field work with mentoes and final 3 months of integrated training.
2. Police College
The Police College is higher education institution and scientific-research organizational unit of the Police Academy within the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia. It is accredited by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.
There are two studies at the Police College:
— Professional Studies of Criminal Investigation – 3 years (180 ECTS credits). Upon completion, the Bachelor's degree/baccalareus in criminal investigation is awarded.
— Specialist Graduate Studies of Criminal Investigation – 2 years (120 ECTS credits). Upon completion, the title of Specialist in Criminal Investigation (spec.) is awarded.
3. Department for Professional Development and Specialization
Department for professional development and specialization consists of three segments:
— Specialization – the Department is in charge of the training of uniformed police officers (e.g.: the Specialized Course for Traffic Police Officers), border police officers and CID officers (e.g.: the Course for Suppression of Juvenile Delinquency).
— Professional Training – the Department is in charge of preparing the seminar materials and training of the trainers who then train police officers at the level of the police administrations (e.g.: Train the Trainers Seminars).
— Vocational Training – the Department is in charge of conducting different courses and seminars in the field of IT training, foreign languages, police driving etc.
Last Updated: 19 February 2008