SERVICIUL DE PROTECȚIE ȘI PAZĂ

The Protection and Guard Service (SPP) is a state body with functions in the field of national security, specialized in providing protection for the Romanian dignitaries, the foreign dignitaries during their stay in Romania, and their families, within its legal competence. It also provides guard for the headquarters and residences of the above-mentioned dignitaries in accordance with the decisions of the Supreme Council of National Defense. SPP has a military structure and is part of the national defense system and through its specialized structures, has among other the following functions:
• organizes and carries out activities in order to prevent and annihilate any action that might be a threat to the life, physical integrity, freedom of action and health of the persons whose protection is in its charge;
• carries out the guard and defense of these persons’ headquarters and residences;
• organizes and carries out, overtly or under cover, activities of gathering, checking and using the necessary intelligence, only with a view to completing its missions accordingly to the law;
• carries out exchange of intelligence and cooperates with intelligence services as well as with similar departments both within the country and abroad, in order to fulfil the specific missions stipulated by law;
• organizes and conducts, during the missions of protection and guard, the activity of all the participating forces;
• intervenes, independently or in cooperation with other institutions designated by the law in order to prevent or counteract the actions that may endanger the life, physical integrity, health or freedom of action of the protected as well as the security of the guarded objectives.
• intervenes to capture or annihilate the terrorist and aggressive elements;
• carries out independently or in cooperation with other specialized institutions, actions of search, identification and annihilation of the suspect objects which can be dangerous for the protected persons or guarded objectives.
• organizes and carries out, overtly or under cover, activities of gathering, checking and using the necessary intelligence, only with a view to completing its missions accordingly to the law. Any information of a different operative value will be immediately transmitted to the authorities that are legally qualified to check and use it;
• carries out checks, under Law no 51/1991 on the national security of Romania, through: requesting and obtaining objects, documents or official relations from public institutions; consulting specialists or experts; receiving notifications or reports; recording operative moments through technical means or personal reports;
• records the results of some activities in minutes drafted in compliance with the Code of Criminal Procedure and which can constitute legally evidence;
SPP owns the Centre of Excellence for Protection and Security, where the UN security personnel can attend close protection training programs. At their request, the Protection and Guard Service trained until now, the protection and guard personnel from different countries, and also organized training sessions for certain structures of the national system of defence, public order and national security.
The Protection and Guard Service is an active member of ENPPF (European Network for the Protection of Public Figures) and APPS (Association of Personal Protection Services). The personnel of the Protection and Guard Service are internationally acknowledged as well-trained, and their participation in UN missions in Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, Central African Republic, is relevant in this respect. The Protection and Guard Service ensures optimal security conditions for events attended by foreign dignitaries, such as European and international summits held in Romania.