people applied for 432 places at the college. The government agency is subordinate to the, ministry of Justice and Public Security and has 16,000 employees, of which 8,000 are police officers. If the police wish to keep apprehended people in detention, the issue is brought to the relevant district court, a process which may be repeated several times if the custody needs to be extended. The police service dates to the 13th century when the first sheriffs were appointed. In the cities the police authority was transferred directly to the bailiff. Archived from the original on Retrieved tional Police Directorate (2010 15 National Police Directorate (2010 16 National Police Directorate (2010 17 National Police Directorate (2010 1718 National Police Directorate (2010 18 "Welcome".