Police Day in Belarus (04/03)

March 4 is a memorable date in the history of the Belarusian police. On this day, the personnel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic celebrates their professional holiday - Militia Day, officially approved by Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus No. 157 of March 26, 1998.

The origins of this holiday are from 1917, when the office of the civil commandant of the city of Minsk issued an order according to which the Bolshevik M.A. Mikhailov (according to passport data, his real name is Mikhail Vasilievich Frunze) was appointed interim chief of police of the All-Russian Zemstvo Union for the protection of order in the city. In accordance with the order, all city police officers were to give him the weapons at their disposal according to the inventory.

On the night of March 4-5, 1917, the detachments of the fighting squads of workers led by him, together with the soldiers of the Minsk garrison units, disarmed the city police, seized the city police department, as well as the archival and detective departments, and took the most important state institutions under protection. And on the afternoon of March 5, Nevel reported to Minsk about the formation of the police, on March 7 - Velizh district, on the 9th - Ezerishchensky, on the 10th - Surazh. A little later, similar telegrams came from Dvinsk, Vitebsk, Lepel ... Thus, a police force was created on the territory of Belarus, and the provincial city of Minsk, in fact, became its center.