mag. Robert Ferenc
Mag. Robert Ferenc, born in 1967, completed the Police Cadet School in 1985 and started his career at the Ljubljana Center Police Station, where he worked as a police officer and assistant community policing officer. After completing part-time studies at the former Higher School for Internal Affairs in Ljubljana, he was transferred to the Ljubljana Bežigrad Police Station in 1994. As assistant commander of this police station, he was in charge of crime, border affairs and foreigners, while from 2001 onwards, when he was appointed first assistant commander, he was in charge of complaints, internal affairs, personnel administration and training of police officers.
After graduating from the College for Police and Security Studies in 2003, he started working in the complaints group of the Ljubljana Police Directorate, while the following year he assumed the tasks related to the exercise of police powers and the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in police procedures as Senior Police Inspector in the Division for Uniformed Police Organisation and Development of the General Police Directorate. In March 2008, he became head of the Organisation and Powers Section within the division.
Throughout this time (1988-2008), he was a member of the riot police unit, first as a police officer and then as head of section in the riot police unit of the Ljubljana Police Directorate, while between 2005 and 2008 he worked as assistant commander for operations in the command of the riot police unit at the General Police Directorate. Upon the reorganisation of the police at the national level in 2010 he was transferred to the Police Powers and Prevention Division in the Service of the Director General of the Police, assuming leadership of the division in 2012.
In 2011, he successfully defended a master's thesis at the Faculty of State and European Studies entitled Police Procedures before the European Court of Human Rights. For several years he has been engaged in educating and training police officers, particularly in the area of the exercise of police powers and the protection of human rights in police procedures. He has also been actively engaged in the reform of police legislation, while being a member of the Interdepartmental Human Rights Commission, Expert Council on Police Law and Powers, Inter-Ministerial Working Group for the coordination of the implementation of the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights, Working group on Community Policing and the Police Integrity and Ethics Committee.
He became the head of Service of the Director General of the Police in March 2019 and remained in this role until May 2021. On 20 June 2022, Robert Ferenc was appointed Deputy Director General of the Police.