Petro Tsyhykal, the Head of the State Border Guard Service, stands for the State Border Guard Service to perform an investigative function. He said it in the interview “The State Border Guard Service has a military component and we continue its development” for 112.ua.
“There is a complete complex of law enforcement activity within our functional, except the investigation. Unfortunately, we cannot reach out to the Verkhovna Rada. There are deputies, who support us, but I cannot get this issue moving. I think, that this is a huge problem – we have a prepared operational sector, sufficient staff of the internal security, intelligence office, counterintelligence office, counter-terrorism administration and we do not have the investigation department,” he said.
Besides, he said that the performance effectiveness of the State Border Guard Service operational search unit remains on a very high level.
“More than 70% of detentions occur according to recent reports and with a direct involvement of the operational search unit. We detained cigarettes worth $20 million over the past year. This detention and the detention of a large quantity of drugs, the conduction of international operations, as important as those we conducted with Spain on its territory at the end of the last year,” he stressed.