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Research in the Police 16 November 2015
 

On 8 June, Director General of the Police Janko Goršek and State Secretary Damijan Lah awarded 26 police medals for self-sacrifice and 8 police medals for bravery at a ceremony held at the Police Academy in Tacen.

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Janko Goršek delivered a speech in which he expressed his gratitude to everyone for their outstanding bravery, selflessness and achievements above and beyond the call of duty, and congratulated them on the awards.

Police medals for bravery were awarded to:

  • police officer Leon Simonič of Ljubljana Central Police Station and citizen Sandi Grbec for saving a young man trapped in the cellar of a block of flats during the autumn floods;
  • police officers Jaka Cekič and Polona Benedik Matko of Å kofja Loka Police Station, and officer Vojko Marguč of Ljubljana Center Police Station - the latter was off duty at the time - for their assistance in evacuating the residents of a block of flats which was on fire;
  • police officers Gregor PlajnÅ¡ek and Mitja Jerkič of Tolmin Police Station who together with police candidate Igor PovÅ¡ič (who was awarded a medal for bravery) subdued a man who was threatening to blow up a house after a row with his father; and
  • police officer Mehmed Telalović who together with police officer Andželko Lučič (who was awarded a medal for self-sacrifice), both of Ljubljana Central Police Station, for saving an unconscious man from a river.

Police medals for self-sacrifice were awarded to:

  • police officers Igor PovÅ¡ič of Tolmin Police Station and Andželko Lučič of Ljubljana Central Police Station (see the explanation above);
  • citizen Jasmina Hribar for the successful resuscitation of a child, who was drowning in a swimming pool, until the arrival of the emergency team;
  • police officers Boris KraÅ¡evec and Niko AvguÅ¡tinčič, both of Trebnje Police Station, for saving a man who was attempting to hang himself and resuscitating him until the arrival of the emergency team;
  • police officers Marjan Vodeb and Emir Samardžić, both of the Operations and Communications of the GPD, for resuscitating a teenager, whose vital functions had been obstructed as a result of a brutal fight, until the arrival of the emergency team;
  • police officers AleÅ¡ Serec and AljoÅ¡a Hergula, both of Ljubljana Bežigrad Police Station, for assisting a woman in distress and preventing her from jumping from a bridge into a river;
  • police officers Alen Ratko, Igor Mauser and Monika Lenič, all of Ljubljana Vič Police Station, for administering first-aid to three persons who had suffered severe injuries in a multi-vehicle collision until the arrival of the emergency team;
  • citizen Blanka Perko, a passerby, for assisting a man who had fallen into a stream due to the sudden onset of nausea, holding his head above the water;
  • police officer MiloÅ¡ Žiberna and police officer candidate Danijel Bellina, both of Sežana Police Station, for rescuing an unconscious man from a smoke-filled burning derelict building;
  • police inspector Ivica Bek and criminal police inspectors Jože Tertinek and Sandi Kociper, all of Maribor Police Directorate, for their efforts in a search operation in which two missing persons - a woman and her child - were found;
  • police officers BoÅ¡tjan Bačič and Andrej Sobočan of Lendava Police Station for assisting a man, who had collapsed and was unable to breathe, during their patrol of a building;
  • citizen Fikret Badnjević for saving a man who had attempted to hang himself and resuscitating him until the arrival of the emergency team;
  • police officers Boris Zver and Marko Kohek, criminal police officers Sandi Vrbanić and Matija Å afarić, and assistant commander Robert Bratkovič, all of Ljubljana Moste Police Station, for helping a woman in distress and preventing her from self-harming.

The Rules on Police Awards set forth the types of awards, their display and the manner of their presentation.

The following awards are presented for the purpose of recognising efforts made in promoting security, contributions to the development and enhancement of security, and assistance to and cooperation with the police:

  • Great Police Shield with a Star
  • Police Shield
  • Police Medal for Bravery
  • Police Medal for Self-Sacrifice
  • Police Badge for Cooperation
  • Police Badge for Long-Standing Service
  • Police Commemorative Badges

A police medal for self-sacrifice may be awarded to police officers, other police employees, and other persons for their self-sacrifice in rescuing people and property or in the discharge of their law enforcement duties. The award recipient also receives a financial reward in the amount of one Slovenian average monthly wage.

A police medal for bravery may be awarded to police officers, other police employees, and other persons for bravery demonstrated in rescuing people and property, or while risking their lives in the discharge of their law enforcement duties. The award recipient also receives a financial reward in the amount of two average income.