State Investigation and Protection Agency

State Investigation and Protection Agency
Državna agencija za istrage i zaštitu

Seal of the State Investigation and Protection Agency

Flag of the State Investigation and Protection Agency
Agency overview
Formed 2002
Preceding agency
Headquarters Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Motto "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
"Jači, Brži, Bolji"
Annual budget Classified
Agency executives
  • Perica Stanić, Director
  • Đuro Knežević, Deputy Director
  • Anđelko Hrgić, Associate Director
  • Jasmin Gogić, Associate Director
  • Kristina Jozić, Spokesperson
Parent agency None (Independent)

The State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian: Državna agencija za istrage i zaštitu, SIPA Cyrillic script: Државна агенција за истрагу и заштиту, СИПА) is the official state police agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[1] SIPA is under the direct administration of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


In accordance with the Law on State Investigation and Protection Agency and in accordance with other regulations, this Agency performs tasks within its jurisdiction throughout the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. SIPA is the basic tool of stability and the tool for making the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina feel safe.[2]

The activities of SIPA include the arrests of persons suspected of committing war crimes, successful investigations of money-laundering activities, of organized crime and terrorism, of provision of witnesses with protection and support, of the formation and development of a special unit.


SIPA started off with just three employees, whereas today it has over 850 employees working in 11 organizational units at the headquarters of the agency and in 4 regional offices- in Sarajevo, Tuzla, Banja Luka, Mostar. Through the activities they carry out, the employees of the Agency provide hope in the better and safer future for all the citizens of B&H.


SIPA Units are equipped like most counter-terrorist units around the world- a vast array of specialized firearms including Yugoslavian-made 7.62 mm and 5.56 mm assault rifles such as AK74 and AK74u, M4 rifle, Heckler & Koch MP5, H&K G3, G36, various sniper rifles, CZ 99, Glock 17, riot control agents, stun grenades, specialized equipment including heavy body armor, entry tools, night vision optics, Hummer, BRDM-2, Iveco LMVs, Toyota Land Cruisers, VW Golf, VW Transporter and Mercedes-Benz G-270 vehicles. For aerial insertion the main mode of transport are 3 Jet Ranger, 2 Bell 212 twin, 1 Mil Mi-8, 4 Soko Gazelle Gama and 1 UH-1H.

International stance

Because they recognized the importance of the agency, many ambassadors and representatives from international organizations visited SIPA. Some Embassies even donated equipment and other material and technical support. SIPA cooperates, on regular basis, with EUPM and ICITAP, the result of which are the tasks performed in accordance with international standards and also the staff trained at some of the most renowned police institutions throughout the world.


Within the area of its legally determined jurisdiction, SIPA deals with prevention, detection and investigations of organized crime, terrorism and illegal trade - ABHO, war crimes and acts punishable according to the international war and humanitarian law, people trafficking, as well as all other crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court of B&H.

SIPA provides help for the Court and the Office of the Prosecutor of B&H, it deals with physical and technical protection of people, of buildings and other property protected under the Law on SIPA; it also deals with witness protection, prevention of money laundering as well as other tasks determined by law and by other regulations.

Future priorities


  1. "State Investigation and Protection Agency - About us". State Investigation and Protection Agency.
  2. SIPA, Bosnia and Herzegovina. "History of the agency". Retrieved 4 October 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  3. Structure of SIPA, BIH. "Organisational structure of SIPA". Retrieved 4 October 2014. External link in |website= (help)
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