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          By the agreement on the 2nd of December, 1920 in Yerevan, Armenia was proclaimed a Soviet Socialist Republic. The entire power passes to the Revolutionary Committee of Armenia (Revkom) led by Sargis Kasyan. On the same day, Isahak Dovlatyan is appointed by as a Democratic Commissar for Internal Affairs (DCIA) by the decree of Revkom. The new authorities are taking priority steps to provide the police with the personnel. Training courses for law enforcement officers are organized. The courses or police schools have functioned at different times, but they did not have a systematic, durable nature and did not act as educational institutions delivering long-term educational programs.


Armenian police did not have an education institution for developing professionals. The workers of the judicial system were sent to study in different educational institutions of the USSR, which led to additional financial costs. However, in the future, the USSR authorities established secondary professional police schools in the union’s republics where the junior and middle-level commanding staff would be trained. On the 16th of June, 1966 by the decree of the Supreme Council of ASSR presidency then by the decree of the Government, the vocational police school of Yerevan was established where the study was two years and the title of Junior Lieutenant was awarded.



Until 1990-1991 the vocational police school of Yerevan operated in the status of higher education of USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs, and in 1991-1995 as a Higher School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the RA. 

The Higher School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Armenia is established by Decision[1] N 197 of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia on September 26, 1995, "On Higher School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Armenia." Then, two years later, the Higher School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Security of the Republic of Armenia was established by the Decision 311-N of the Government of the Republic of Armenia on July 30, 1997, "On Approving the Charter of the Higher School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Security of the Republic of Armenia." By the above decision, it was defined that the Higher School of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs and National Security of the Republic of Armenia is a state higher military educational institution. The main objectives of the school were:

1)   development of professionals of commanding staff with judicial and engineering education;

2)  improving qualification and retraining of the middle and senior commanding staff of the internal affairs system;

3)  development of scientific and pedagogical staff;

4)  Scientific development of issues related to the activities of internal affairs and national security bodies, conducting research in the field of law.


The school was renamed into a Higher School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Armenia by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Armenia No 566 on September 14, 1999 "On Making Amendments to the Government decision No. 311 decision on July 30, 1997". It should be noted that, in this case, the previous charter was almost completely preserved, and the objectives and functions remained unchanged. The next amendment was made by the RA Government decision 485-N on August 16, 2000, by which the Higher School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Armenia was renamed to the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Armenia. The most important achievement was the decision of the RA Government No 1184-N on August 28, 2003 “on approving the Code of Conduct of Education in the Police Educational Institution”.


By the RA Government Decree 615-N on April 28, 2011, the RA Police Academy State Non-Commercial Organization was reorganized to "The Educational Complex of the Police of the RA" State Non-Commercial Organization.

Currently, the Educational Complex, in accordance with the Charter, delivers higher and postgraduate professional, as well as vocational and further education programs. Higher and postgraduate professional education is delivered by the Police Academy of the Republic of Armenia (hereinafter Academy), in which there are the department of law (consisting of 6 chairs) faculties of part-time studies, faculty of commanders of police corps (consisting of general and PATP chairs) and Master's degree department.


Vocational education is delivered by the College of the Educational Complex of the Police of the RA, where the Police Department of Vocational Education is situated and 5 chairs. Pre-vocational education is delivered by the educational center consisting of the department of primary vocational training and 2 branches. Further education is delivered by the Faculty of Training, where the RA Police officers, as well as the representatives of criminal executive department and military police, are trained by mutual agreement of the heads of the department in accordance with the RA Government Decree No 174-N on January 23, 2003, "On Approving the Regulation and Conditions for Training of the Police Officer”.


The whole structure of the Educational Complex is introduced by an organizational chart, where each of the departments has its charter, annual plan, etc. The HEI has combat and laser shooting ranges, laboratory for a crime scene, a specialized auditorium for languages, student dormitory, legal clinic, special and general libraries, equipped gyms, etc. The HEI has the necessary infrastructures and resources and provides an appropriate educational environment.

The educational complex collaborated with local educational and state institutions, expand and strengthens international tiers: in recent years the Educational Complex has signed cooperation agreements with leading foreign universities on educational programs as well as on student and academic staff mobility programs.