The message reads, in part:
“This professional holiday pays tribute to the courage, the highest competence and loyalty to the chosen cause of the many generations of law enforcement officers, criminal investigators and experts. I am referring to all those who established and developed the Criminal Investigation Department, performed their duties with honour and did not retreat while countering crime.
The institutional structure and methods of personnel training have repeatedly changed over the past century but at all stages the Criminal Investigation Department has remained a vital part of the law enforcement system, a reliable instrument to ensure the rule of law and to protect life, security and the interests of the population.
I would like to convey special gratitude to the veterans. You consider initiative, dedication and patriotism as the main moral and professional yardstick. I am sure that criminal investigators will continue following your legendary traditions, and perform their duties with dignity and in good faith, improving the performance of the central office and its territorial units, their technical scope and the potential of their personnel. They will act in a timely manner, firmly and professionally for the benefit of Russia and its citizens.”