There are a lot of holidays and memorable dates in our country. As a rule, such days are dedicated to certain events or dedicated to certain groups of people. These dates include Medical Worker's Day, Driver's Day, Teacher's Day, Policeman's Day, but few people know Veterans Day of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Veterans Day as a public holiday
Such a professional holiday as the Day of Veterans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia has so far a very short history. The order to establish the holiday, celebrated on April 17, was signed by the Minister of Internal Affairs of the country Rashid Nurgaliyev in November 2010. Thus, the current Day of Veterans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Russian Armed Forces has only the fourth serial number. The Public Organization of Veterans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs can boast of a much longer period of existence - it was founded on April 17, 1992. It was on the date of the 20th anniversary of the public organization that the choice fell when the government was deciding when exactly to appoint the Day of Veterans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.
History of Glorious Deeds
But these figures, of course, are not so important. Storyprofessions of people, in whose honor the Day of the Veteran of the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia was established, has more than one century. It is full of numerous bright pages, heroic deeds and accomplishments, many examples worthy of respect and imitation.
Of course, in the long history of domestic internal affairs bodies there were tragic and even terrible moments and times. There were not only good luck and brilliant operations, but also black pages, the loss of comrades and colleagues. However, on the holiday of veterans of the Department of Internal Affairs and the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, people still want to remember only the good. Although, of course, any veteran on this day will raise a third toast to those who are not around the festive table and who will never sit down at it again …
Their service has always been dangerous and difficult, which is why there is a holiday in their honor.
Police: From Ivan the Terrible to the present day
Unofficially, the history of the police in Russia dates back to the beginning of the 16th century, when, by decree of Ivan the Terrible, special detachments were created to protect the peace of citizens near the so-called slingshots that divided the city into districts. But the prototype of the current police service was already formed under Peter I, who in 1718 founded in the then capital - St. Petersburg - a special institution called the Main Police. At first, in addition to the functions of maintaining order, the police also performed part of the work of firefighters.
However, for some time, the police only patrolled the streets, keeping order and protecting the peace of citizens. Functionsinvestigations of criminal and administrative crimes were delegated to the police only in 1866, when the detective police was established. It is from this time that it is possible to keep the official chronicle of this specific wing of the internal affairs bodies in Russia.
Since then, a lot of time has passed and many glorious pages have been inscribed in the history of the law enforcement service. The current Russian police officers can rightly be proud of their predecessors. Among the chief police chiefs who headed the service at different times, there were many bright, outstanding figures who left a noticeable mark both in the field of purely police activity and in the field of domestic and foreign policy.
New time - new challenges
Together with the February, and then with the October revolution of 1917, the Ministry of Internal Affairs experienced serious upheavals and upheavals. The functions of the police were constantly expanding - in addition to maintaining order and investigating crimes, the Ministry of Internal Affairs also had its own military component - internal troops. Since then, there has not been a single war or armed conflict in which representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs would not take an active part!
The civil war, the great confrontation in the bloodiest battle that broke the head of the brown plague, the preservation of the fragile balance of power that has developed at one stage or another in history after the end of World War II - in all this the merit of representatives of law enforcement agencies of the USSR plays such a prominent role that it simply cannot be overestimated!
Post communist period
However, even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, people in uniform of the Ministry of Internal Affairs remained faithful to the oath given not to the regime in force at that time, to a specific government or some region, but to their country! And the incredibly close-knit military fraternity, the unspoken code of honor and the continuity of generations that the police, internal troops, special forces and ordinary law enforcement officers are famous for have become a legend! That is why, celebrating the Day of Veterans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Russian Armed Forces, experienced soldiers can be sure that their glorious deeds, their honor and high professional reputation will be supported by young guys for whom duty is not just a beautiful abstract concept, but the meaning of life!
Those who are always on duty
Such is the specificity of service in law enforcement agencies and internal troops that there are no holidays or days off for employees. Many of them, even on the Day of Veterans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, continue to serve, which, no matter how trite it may sound, is really "both dangerous and difficult." Perhaps no other profession is associated with such a high degree of constant risk as the service in the system of the Ministry of the Interior!
It is customary in our country to scold representatives of law enforcement agencies, many even consider this a kind of "good manners". However, when people are in danger, the first thing they turn to is the police! Since only representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs can legallyensure the interests and security of citizens. And therefore, the congratulations sounding on the Day of Veterans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia contain absolutely the right words about those who are always on duty!
Even having ceased their active work, veterans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs can provide invaluable assistance in protecting law and order and ensuring the safety of citizens. The value of their invaluable experience, deep knowledge and rich experience cannot be overestimated!
The Day of Veterans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia is a professional holiday for those who patrolled the night courtyards in besieged Leningrad, who ensured the carefree life of people in the era of "developed socialism", who defended the integrity and sovereignty of the country in Chechnya and other hot spots. It is they who free the hostages, track down drug dealers, block the way of KAMAZ with their car, rushing to the bus with children, save the lives of our children and mothers. Even though their work was not always full of romance and heroism - they had to break up drunken fights, calm down violent neighbors, and draw up tedious reports about the theft of paper clips - they deserve their professional holiday and to be remembered! Especially since they are still on duty, no matter how grandiloquent it may sound!
A holiday without fanfare and pomposity
Representatives of this profession, as a rule, do not like excessive noise and fuss, preferring to modestly stay away. In the same way, they celebrate their holiday - without too much fanfare. Of course, on April 17 there will be a congratulatory speech for the dayveterans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia from the President of the country and from the Minister of Internal Affairs, awards will be presented to especially distinguished employees, a small festive concert will be held. But there will traditionally be no grandiose celebrations - well, these harsh, proud and laconic men do not like excessive attention to their own person!
These are real men with modesty in their eyes and courage in their hearts. We owe a lot to them, sometimes without realizing it. Sleepless nights guarding our peace and security, help in difficult, sometimes insoluble situations, constant risk and sacrifice - these are the components of a profession with a capital letter.
And only in the evening, having gathered at a modest festive table, the veterans of the internal affairs bodies will give vent to their emotions, recalling past deeds, chases, shootings and detentions. They will remember how the sleeping city did not even suspect that people in uniform were saving it from a big disaster. They will also remember how hard it was in the trenches or in the mountains, how they had to roam around the service apartments and survive on a very modest salary. And, of course, they will raise that very third toast… They will honor their comrades-colleagues.