Law Enforcement Forces – LEF

Status:
Top Alert – Entity designated / sanctioned for terror, WMD and human rights violation

Info:
The Law Enforcement Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the uniformed police force in Iran. The force was created in early 1992 by merging the Shahrbani, Gendarmerie and Islamic Revolutionary Committees into a single force. It has more than 60,000 police personnel, including border guard personnel, and is under the control of the Ministry of Interior;

The Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) is designated on 6/9/2011, pursuant to E.O. 13553 for human rights abuses engaged in by officials of the Government of Iran and persons acting on behalf of the Government of Iran since the June 2009 election;

According to U.S. Department of Treasury:
Commonly referred to as Iran’s national police, the LEF is one of the Government of Iran’s main security apparatuses for maintaining domestic stability and played a key role in the government crackdown on protesters in the aftermath of the June 2009 election. Under the command of Ismail Ahmadi Moghadam, also designated, the LEF was involved in the attack on the Tehran University dormitories in Tehran during which more than 100 people were wounded and subsequently transferred to a detention area where they suffered physical abuse at the hands of the LEF;

The LEF operated the notorious Kahrizak detention center, which was the site of serious human rights abuses against prisoners detained in the post-election protests, including assault and battery, and the deprivation of basic needs such as medical care, ultimately resulting in the deaths of three detainees;

All issues related to the Law Enforcement Force within the framework of the law are entrusted with the Interior Ministry; but in the areas of war, the authority lies with the Deputy Chief Commander of the Joint Forces, police top officers are appointed by the Supreme Leader on the basis of the proposal of the Interior Minister of Iran, but the police force are under the Ministry of the Interior and the Secretary of the Interior is deputy commander in chief of the armed forces for Police Affairs;

The current commander is IRGC-born Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari, former first deputy chief of police under Esmail Ahmadi Moqaddam; he relieved his predecessor and was appointed by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on March 9, 2015, on the proposal of the Interior Minister of Iran;

Also Known As:
LEF
Law Enforcement Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Iranian Police
Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces
Naja
Niruyih Intizamiyeh Jumhuriyih Islamiyih Iran
Disciplinary Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Established:
April 1, 1991

Country:
Iran

Website:
www.police.ir

E-mail:
[email protected]

Branches:
The Prevention Police of NAJA;
The Intelligence and Public Security Police of NAJA;
The Traffic Police of NAJA;
The Cyber Police of NAJA;
The Anti-Narcotics Police of NAJA;
The Immigration & Passport Police of NAJA;
The Diplomatic Police of NAJA;
The Criminal Investigation Police of NAJA;
The Border Guard Command of NAJA;
The Centre for Strategic Studies of the Iranian Law Enforcement Force;
The Special Unit – (Involved in quelling of 2009 Iranian presidential election protests. It is responsible for suppressing riots, anti-terrorist activities, urban defence and rescuing hostages);

Person of interests:
Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli – (Minister of Interior)
Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari – (Chief Commander)
Brigadier general Mohmmad Sohrabi – (Chiefs of Law Enforcement Force)
Brigadier general Reza Seyfollahi – (Chiefs of Law Enforcement Force)
Brigadier general Hedayat Lotfian – (Chiefs of Law Enforcement Force)
Brigadier general Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf – (Chiefs of Law Enforcement Force)
Brigadier general Ali Abdollahi – (Chiefs of Law Enforcement Force)
Brigadier general Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam – (Chiefs of Law Enforcement Force)
Brigadier general Hossein Ashtari – (Chiefs of Law Enforcement Force)

Reason for the color:
» Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on 6/9/2011 pursuant to Executive Order 13553 for human rights abuses engaged in by officials of the Government of Iran and persons acting on behalf of the Government of Iran since the June 2009 election;

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