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Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 591
Adopted 6 September 2016

Procedures by which the Security Police Provides Protection (Safeguarding) for Officials to Be Protected

Issued pursuant to
Section 15, Paragraph three of the Law on State Security Institutions

1. This Regulation determines the officials to be protected by the Security Police and prescribes the procedures by which the Security Police provides protection (safeguarding) for the officials to be protected and cooperates with other State institutions.

2. The Security Police provides protection (safeguarding) for the following officials:

2.1. State officials;

2.1.1. the Speaker of the Saeima;

2.1.2. the Prime Minister;

2.1.3. officials determined by a Cabinet order or a Saeima Presidium's decision;

2.1.4. officials who have been exposed to a sudden threat;

2.2. representatives of foreign and international organisations and institutions except officials whose protection (safeguarding) in accordance with the National Armed Forces Law is provided by the Military Police (hereinafter - the foreign representatives):

2.2.1. speakers of a foreign parliament;

2.2.2. heads of a foreign government;

2.2.3. foreign ministers of foreign countries;

2.2.4. heads of the United Nations Organisation, the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission;

2.3. other foreign representatives - at the proposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Saeima Administration.

3. The Security Police shall, independently or in cooperation with the State Police as well as involving other State and local government institutions, arrange the protection (safeguarding) of State officials, representatives of foreign and international organisations and institutions in the Republic of Latvia and carry out security measures in full or in part according to the threat to the person.

4. The full amount of security measures shall be:

4.1. security cell - ensuring the physical integrity as well as safe and secure movement for State officials, representatives of foreign and international organisations and institutions;

4.2. safeguarding the workplace;

4.3. safeguarding the place of residence;

4.4. safeguarding the temporary place of stay;

4.5. preventing unauthorised extraction of information.

5. The partial amount of security measures shall be separate security measures referred to in Paragraph 4 of this Regulation.

6. If necessary, the Security Police shall, on the basis of the order of the Chief of the Security Police, perform security measures during the period of stay of State officials in foreign countries.

7. A State official or a senior State official shall submit a written proposal to the Security Police containing a suggestion to provide protection (safeguarding) to a State official exposed to a sudden threat. The Chief of the Security Police shall, based on the results of threat analysis carried out by the Security Police, adopt a decision on the necessary security measures, their amount and the procedures for arranging them or a decision to refuse to carry out security measures. The Chief of the Security Police shall without delay inform the Minister for the Interior and the relevant initiator about the adopted decision.

8. If there is a need to provide security measures for a State official exposed to a sudden threat for a period which exceeds 15 days, the Minister for the Interior shall prepare and submit a draft order on the provision of safety measures to the Cabinet in accordance with the established procedures.

9. The State Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Saeima Administration shall inform the Security Police in writing regarding the scheduled visits of foreign representatives to the Republic of Latvia not later than seven working days prior to the start of the relevant visit, but about an unscheduled visit on the day on which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Saeima Administration has received information about the arrangement of the relevant visit.

10. The Chief of the Security Police shall, within three working days after receiving the information about the scheduled visit of foreign representatives, on the basis of the results of the threat analysis carried out by the Security Police, adopt a decision on security measures, their amount and the procedures for arranging them. If a visit is unscheduled, the relevant decision shall be adopted within three working days, but not later than until the start of the visit. The Chief of the Security Police shall inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Saeima Administration about the adopted decision.

11. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Saeima Administration shall submit a written proposal for the need to provide protection (safeguarding) to persons referred to in Sub-paragraph 2.3 of this Regulation to the Security Police. The Chief of the Security Police shall, based on the results of threat analysis carried out by the Security Police, adopt a decision on the necessary security measures, their amount and the procedures for arranging them or a decision to refuse to carry out security measures. The Chief of the Security Police shall inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Saeima Administration about the adopted decision.

12. If the security measures for persons referred to in Sub-paragraph 2.3 of this Regulation have to be ensured for a period exceeding 15 days, the Minister for the Inferior, if the initiator is the Saeima Administration, or the Minister for Foreign Affairs, if the initiator is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shall prepare and submit a draft order on the provision of security measures to the Cabinet in accordance with the established procedures.

13. The Security Police shall determine the amount of the security measures and the procedures for arranging each security measure and inform about it all institutions involved in performing the security measures and the State officials to be protected, and also, if necessary, the foreign representatives to be protected. All institutions involved in performing the security measures, the State officials and foreign representatives to be protected shall observe the procedures for arranging the security measures.

14. The activities of institutions involved in the security measures shall be coordinated by the officials of the Security Police.

15. The Security Police shall determine the amount of logistical resources necessary for the provision of security measures and the number and type of vehicles.

16. The Security Police shall ensure the physical integrity of the State officials and foreign representatives to be protected.

17. Depending on the manner of movement of the State officials and foreign representatives to be protected, the following types of security cell shall be available:

17.1. a close protection provided by the Security Police;

17.2. a transport escort if the relevant vehicles are accompanied by one or more operational vehicles. The transport escort shall be organised by the Security Police independently or in cooperation with the State Police. The vehicle to be escorted shall be driven by a Security Police official or, if necessary, a person designated by the Security Police.

18. The safeguarding of the workplaces and the places of residence of the State officials to be protected as well as the temporary places of residence of the foreign representatives to be protected in the Republic of Latvia shall be arranged and carried out by the Security Police in cooperation with the State Police.

19. For safeguarding the workplaces and the places of residence of the State officials to be protected as well as the temporary places of residence of the foreign representatives to be protected in the Republic of Latvia technical security systems may be used.

20. In order to prevent unauthorised information extraction at the workplace and the place of residence of the State officials to be protected and also at the temporary place of residence of the foreign representatives to be protected in the Republic of Latvia, the Security Police shall perform relevant security measures.

21. The Security Police shall coordinate the activities of the State Police and other institutions involved in maintaining public order at events in which the State officials to be protected and also the foreign representatives to be protected participate, in accordance with the security measures determined by the Security Police, their amount and the procedures for arranging them.

22. Cabinet Regulation No. 340 of 25 June 2003, Procedures by which the Security Police shall Perform the Dignitary Protection (Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2003, No. 97; 2009, No. 97; 2010, No. 4, 100), is repealed.

Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis

Minister for the Interior Rihards Kozlovskis

 


Translation © 2017 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Title: Kārtība, kādā Valsts drošības dienests nodrošina aizsargājamo personu aizsardzību (apsardzi) Status:
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Issuer: Cabinet of Ministers Type: regulation Document number: 591Adoption: 06.09.2016.Entry into force: 09.09.2016.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 174, 08.09.2016. OP number: 2016/174.3
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