Albanian State Police
Policia e Shtetit Shqiptar
Patch of the State Police
Flag of the State Police
Flag of the State Police
Agency overview
Formed13 January, 1913
Preceding agency
    • Gendarmerie (1925–1939)
    • People's Militia (1945–1991)
Employees~ 10,958[1][2]
Jurisdictional structure
National agencyAlbania
Operations jurisdictionAlbania
Size28,748 km2
Governing bodyGovernment of Albania
Constituting instrument
  • Law on "State Police"
General nature
Operational structure
Overseen byMinistry of Internal Affairs
HeadquartersBajram Curri Boulevard, Tirana
Minister responsible
Agency executive

The Albanian State Police (Albanian: Policia e Shtetit) is the national police and law enforcement agency which operates throughout the Republic of Albania. The collapse of the Communist system and the establishment of political pluralism post-1991 brought important changes to the structure of the Albanian Police. The Ministry of Public Order and the General Directorate of Police were established in April 1991, and the new law of July 1991 established the Public Order Police. Nearly 80% of police manpower, i.e. personnel who had served under the previous system, were replaced by new recruits. On 4 November 1991, the Albanian Police was accepted as a member of Interpol. The emergency number is 129.


The original Albanian Police was founded on 13 January 1913 by the government of Ismail Qemali, Albania's first prime minister.[3]

The crisis of 1997

Main article: Albanian Rebellion of 1997

Following the collapse of the Albanian economy in January–February 1997 in the wake of the implosion of the Ponzi pyramid banking schemes promoted by the government,[4] increasing insurgency in early March led to the Police and Republican Guard deserting en masse because it became clear they were unlikely to be paid, leaving their armouries unlocked,[5] which were promptly looted by parties unknown, believed to mostly have been the local crime bodies and self-appointed militias: many of the weapons eventually surfaced in the ethnic fighting in Kosovo.

Riot police in 1997 in Albania

The resulting anarchy led a number of nations to use military forces to evacuate citizens,[6][7] culminating in the UN authorising Operation Alba ("Daybreak"), a short-term military stabilisation force led by the Italian Army, tasked with facilitating the repatriation of foreigners and laying the foundations for another International Organisation to undertake the longer-term restabilisation. The political debate eventually settled in Europe within the body responsible for the defence diplomatic coordination of the Continent, the Council of the Western European Union. In a 2-hour meeting which convened at 1400 hrs on 2 May 1997,[8] the WEU Council decided on the immediate establishment of the Multinational Advisory Police Element, sending a pathfinder officer, a Norwegian Police Colonel, the same evening. The Italian force in Operation Alba predicated the Command structure of MAPE passing into the Italian Carabinieri, General Pietro Pistolese, previously commanding the Genoa region, bringing his team with him. Four phases followed, assessment, reconstruction, support of the Albanian Police control during the Kosovo Crisis, and finally build-down and handback in early 2001, which was somewhat accelerated ahead of the transfer of the WEU's operational responsibilities to the Council of the EU on 30 June 2001. The reconstruction principally involved the reconstruction of the Judicial system and the training of Police, but the Finance section also accommodated economic specialists acting as the principal feedback into the correction of the Judicial system. The Command Team later formed the core of the European Union Border Assistance Mission Rafah from 2005 onwards.

Public Perception

Building of the Albanian State Police Headquarters in Tiranë

According to a survey produced in 2009 for the United States Agency for International Development Albanian's perception of the police was as follows:[9]

Given that this was within eight years of the departure of the MAPE rebuilding mission, great concern must be expressed about the capacity of the police force to maintain the legal norms required of an aspirant EU State.


In 2014, the Ministry of Internal Affairs started a modernization process of the Albanian police, to modernize its equipment and methods. The first step was the acquisition of new police vans and cruisers, the next one was the installment of body cameras on police officers to improve their service and to be analysed after an operation. Uniforms of the every uniformed department of the Albanian police were overhauled and the logo was also changed.[citation needed]

Several operations were held from the years 2014 to 2016, in various criminally active regions of Albania (i.e. Lazarat) to restore confidence and belief of the Albanian public to support the actions of police. Body cameras are becoming an integral part of the Albanian police, used on various drug busts and high-profile operations, released afterwards to the public.[citation needed]


In 2015, the State Police underwent reorganizational reforms which were expected to continue for several years.[10] It implemented a new hierarchical structure composed of nine hierarchic ranks.[11][12]

Director Commissioner
Albanian Police[11][12]
Chief director
Drejtues Madhor
Senior director
Drejtues i Lartë
First director
Drejtues i Parë

Pre-2015 ranks

Rank insignia of the Albanian State Police 1991-2014[13]
Uniform N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rank: First Director
Drejtues i Parë
Chief Commissioner
Lieutenant Commissioner
Komisar toger
Chief Inspector
Lieutenant Inspector
Inspektor toger
Chief Assistant
First Assistant
Asistent i parë
First Agent
Agjent i parë
Road Police officers (Policia Rrugore)
RENEA officer

Branch units

Patch Branch unit
Policia e Rendit
The Order Police is tasked to deal with issues of public order.
Policia Kufitare dhe Migracionit
The Border Police is in charge of patrolling the border.
Policia Rrugore
The Road Police administers road safety.
The Rapid Intervention Force is the quick intervention unit dealing mostly with cases of violent riots, special operations, etc.
The Eagles are a rapid intervention unit that handles domestic criminal activities.
The Department of Neutralization of Armed Elements is the main counter-terrorism and critical incident response unit.


Hyundai Tucson patrol car
Hyundai i800



No. Name
Term in office
1 Halim Gostivari 13 January 1913 24 May 1913
2 Fehim Mezhgorani 24 May 1913 30 January 1914
3 Hil Mosi 1 February 1914 30 March 1914
4 Veli Vasjari 1 April 1914 30 June 1914
5 Sulejman Kërçiku 2 October 1914 27 January 1916
Halim Gostivari 28 August 1919 17 December 1920
6 Ahmet Sinani 17 December 1920 10 January 1922
Veli Vasjari 11 January 1922 22 April 1922
Halim Gostivari 22 April 1922 21 August 1922
7 Musa Çelepia 21 August 1922 26 December 1922
8 Hamza Isaraj 10 December 1924 25 December 1924
9 Qazim Bodinaku 24 February 1926 7 July 1926
10 Rustem Ymeri 20 December 1926 1927
Hil Mosi 3 September 1928 1929
11 Zef Kadarja 31 August 1940 23 March 1942
12 Theodor Stamati 24 March 1942 26 November 1942
13 Shyqyri Borshi 26 November 1942 4 June 1943
14 Gjush Deda 4 June 1943 30 August 1943
15 Kolë Radovani 1 September 1943 13 October 1943
16 Skënder Selmanaj 15 October 1943 10 January 1944
17 Tahir Kolgjini 10 January 1944 24 November 1944
18 Namik Xhafa 24 November 1944 20 March 1947
19 Lako Polena 24 March 1947 2 February 1948
20 Sali Ormeni 16 February 1948 2 March 1951
21 Maqo Çomo 2 March 1951 March 1952
22 Delo Balili March 1952 1 May 1956
23 Xhule Çiraku 1 May 1956 February 1968
24 Kasëm Kaso February 1968 January 1980
25 Agron Tafa January 1980 August 1982
Kasëm Kaso August 1982 31 December 1984
26 Dilaver Bengasi 1 January 1987 17 July 1990
27 Fadil Cani 17 July 1990 1 May 1992
28 Astrit Mehaj 1 May 1992 22 June 1993
29 Sabri Jacaj 22 June 1993 15 June 1995
30 Agim Shehu 15 June 1995 30 June 1997
31 Sokol Baraj 3 July 1997 16 May 1998
32 Besnik Bregu 16 May 1998 4 September 1998
33 Hasan Ahmetaj 4 September 1998 9 November 1998
34 Veton Gjoliku 9 November 1998 20 January 1999
35 Veli Myftari 20 January 1999 22 November 2000
36 Bilbil Mema 23 November 2000 19 August 2002
37 Bajram Ibraj 12 September 2002 30 March 2007
38 Ahmet Prençi 30 March 2007 28 October 2009
39 Hysni Burgaj 28 October 2009 9 September 2013
40 Artan Didi 10 October 2013 31 March 2015
41 Haki Çako 15 April 2015 8 January 2018
42 Ardi Veliu 5 February 2018 8 October 2021
43 Gledis Nano 8 October 2021 31 August 2022
44 Muhamet Rrumbullaku 8 September 2022 Incumbent


  1. ^ "Rriten pagat për 93 % të punonjësve të Policisë së Shtetit".
  2. ^ Gilaj, Bledi (5 September 2015). "Policia rrit me 21% numrin e punonjësve - Gazeta SHQIP Online".
  3. ^ "Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-01-11".
  4. ^ "Collapse of the Ponzi schemes 1997". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  5. ^ Albanian Rebellion of 1997#Opening of the depots
  6. ^ Operation Silver Wake
  7. ^ Operation Libelle
  8. ^ "NL MOD History of MAPE". Dutch Ministry of Defence. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Corruption in Albania 2009 - Summary of Findings". Institute for Development Research and Alternatives. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  10. ^ Republic of, Albania. "Modernizimi i Policisë së Shtetit". Ministry of Internal Affairs.
  11. ^ a b Law on State Police, Albania (2014). Ranks of Albanian police (PDF). Albania: Ministry of Internal Affairs. p. 22.
  12. ^ a b Albanian State Police insignia, Albania (2016). Ranks insignia of the Albanian police officers (PDF). Albania: General Directorate of State Police. pp. 5–14, 53. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Albanian Police". 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Turkey has donated armored vehicles and security equipment to Albania police | January 2020 Global Defense Security army news industry | Defense Security global news industry army 2020 | Archive News year". Retrieved 18 January 2020.

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