The best work evaluation of the Belarusian police is the trust of Belarusian citizens. This was stated by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the special event dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Belarusian police.
The best policemen and veterans of the internal affairs bodies were invited to the ceremony.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated policemen upon the anniversary and their professional day, emphasizing, that it is complicated for Belarusian policemen to fulfill their duties honestly and in good faith.
Being a schoolgirl, captain Veronika Demyanova knew then, that she would someday wear a police uniform. Her brother made exactly the same choice. She came to the special event to honour the memory of those policemen, who stayed dutiful to the last.
Veronika Demyanova, police youth liaison officer of Orsha Internal Affairs Department on transport:
My father died in 1996 in the performance of his duties. Even though I was only 12 then, I set a target for myself to extend the family dynasty. To continue something, that my father had begun.
Having been an officer for 30 years, Yuriy Radukevich believes that a policeman occupies the most important place in the society.
Calmness in the streets, an ordinary possibility to have walks in a park without the fear of being robbed is the result of the police's work.
Yuriy Radukevich, veteran of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
When I came into service, we had two motorbikes and a couple of cars in our department. Today Belarusian police is complete with everything necessary. Policemen’s potential has also increased.
Today Belarusian policemen are up to the mark, and the results of their work are one of the best among the former Soviet countries.
Belarusian policemen began celebrating their professional day and at the same time the 100th anniversary of Belarusian police the day before at the Palace of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk, where veterans and present-day heroes in uniform had gathered.
Anatoly Semin is 65. He has a daughter and three sons. The youngest of his children Arseny is nine.
Anatoly Semin, veteran of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
We always celebrate this day with my family. The 100th anniversary is a remarkable date for people like me. I began my service from an area office, the Department of Internal Affairs, and then the Ministry of Internal Affairs. I went through all the steps.
There was nobody behind me, I did it all myself.
It is pleasant to come here and remember my youth, and it is beneficial for my child.
Stanislav Chuprin, head of Krichev District Department of Internal Affairs, Mogilev Department of Internal Affairs:
First of all it is a difficult job to do, because in most cases the police have to work with people who break the law, and in some way, act against the society.
Being a policeman, especially in remote places, is an honourable and respectable job.
People do not work as policemen, it is their life, because you can’t walk out of the office and forget things. That’s why this is both a family and a life holiday.
Viktor Kovalev served in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus for 40 years. From a cadet to a general. He is a good example for cadets Ilya and Pavel, who study at the vocation school of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
Pavel Kalenik, a cadet at the vocational school of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
I have an aim to become a minister and to touch the heights, and to keep the city’s security under control, of course.
Ilya Zvarika, a cadet at the vocational school of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
Police are the security of a country. Security of any person, who is in any city of Belarus.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko touched upon the history of Belarusian police in his speech. Belarusian policemen have a lot of achievements behind their back.
Belarusian policemen have always been among the best.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
Dear policemen, veterans of Belarusian valorous police, dear friends, let me congratulate you on the remarkable 100th anniversary of Belarusian police with all my soul and on behalf of the Belarusian nation. Today Belarus, Belarusian people feel those, who have chosen one of the most important and responsible professions, to defend law and order, the calmness of citizens.
With no exaggeration whatsoever it can be said, that the history of the law enforcement bodies is a heroic chronicle of devoted and wholehearted service to motherland, of many generations, of its best sons and daughters.
The new milestone of the Belarusian police opened with the formation of sovereign and independent Belarus. The first years of Belarus’s formation passed under the conditions of nearly an absolute economic meltdown and degradation of all spheres of public life. Enterprises stopped working, people massively stayed without their jobs and means of support.
It was the first time in many decades when people got into poverty in peaceful times.
What is more, orgy of crime and vivid weakness of authorities, this is the picture of the beginning of the freewheeling 1990’s. Belarusian nation needed support, they needed a secure foothold. It is easy for me to talk with you on the subject, because the majority of people sitting in this hall had seen it all, experienced it and set things right in those days. Just recall the major Belarusian motorway from Moscow to Brest, the number of criminals operating there, recall those underworld conventions. The ones that were carried out on the territory of Belarus, I remember the first years of me being President, remember how bandits were going to realize slush funds and other things. All of you remember this, and people truly needed unstinting support, people needed orienting points.
We managed to return confidence in tomorrow back to people, to tackle crime and to revive the authority of Belarus.
The face of a state is in many respects due to the work of police. It is absolutely not important what shoulder boards policemen wear, but according to his work people make conclusions, tourists see what is happening in Belarus, how safe it is to live in Belarus.
We understand well what a big responsibility lies on the Belarusian police, on all the law enforcement bodies of the country.
Responsibility for security, stable development of Belarus, there shouldn’t be any illusions today.
No one will be able to split the Belarusian society and to destabilize the situation in the country, and to put pressure on Belarus in particular. But with every day and year there are more and more wishful to do so. Belarus is like a bane to everyone, and you see what is happening today, the world has gone insane. If it is not envy, then it is the misunderstanding about the things happening in Belarus that pushes many towards the idea of Belarus being exactly the same as they are. And this is where Belarus mustn’t fall on its knees. We need to hold on to Belarus and protect Belarusian people. And I am sure that we will do it.
Belarus will always have an accurate response to any risky undertakings.
The trust towards people in uniform has changed to the better side in the last couple of years. After all the reputation of this profession was imploded after the collapse of the USSR, but positive results of the policemen’s work is also the boost of confidence in the law-enforcement bodies.
I would once again like to congratulate all the veterans and the policemen. You should all know that people sincerely value your hard, responsible work; they are grateful for your fidelity to duty and love for the country. It is true that only a lazy person, at least once in a lifetime, won’t cast the first stone at the police. How is that? If something occurs, whose fault is it? First of all it’s the police’s fault.
But there is a big plus in all this; it means that in his hardest times of life, every person sees help from the police in particular.
You should respond to it orderly, increasing, as they say, your capability to prove in deed that you are truly people’s police.
In the Soviet times people waited for a concert on television dedicated to the Police Day. It was a real celebration. The day before the 4th of March, 2017 Belarusian singers congratulated all the policemen of Belarus.