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Serviciul de Protecție și Pază (The Protection and Guard Service) (SPP)

Project coordination and implementation unit

Organisation Type

Geniului 42B
+4 021 408 11 68; +4 0722 647
Public Body


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Field of Activity

» Testing and validation
» Law enforcement

Core competencies

The Protection and Guard Service is a state institution with tasks in the field of national safety, specialized in
providing protection for the Romanian dignitaries, the foreign dignitaries during their stay in Romania, and for their
families, as well as in providing guard for the dignitaries’ work places and residences, in accordance with the
decisions of the Supreme Council of National Defense. The Protection and Guard Service is authorized by
law to provide measures of protection, guard and anti-terrorist control at permanent and temporary objectives
such as: the headquarters of Presidency, the headquarters of Parliament, the headquarters of Government, as well
as the residences of Romanian dignitaries and their foreign counterparts who visit Romania. In order to fulfill the
tasks provided for in the law of organization and functioning, the Protection and Guard Service carries out
missions of protection, guard and security search of the venues, anti- and counter-terrorist intervention, as well
as CBRNE protection, permanent missions within international cooperation, under UN auspices. The Service has
structures that provide guard and protection at permanent and temporary venues, with a view to preventing,
deterring and mitigating the effects of any hostile acts or actions, against persons, permanent and temporary
venues, adjacent areas, means of ground, air and naval transportation, as well as against the travel routes
used by the dignitaries protected by the Protection and Guard Service.

Considering the needs of the United Nations for training its close protection security personnel so that they
might be able to meet global security requirements, on 22.03.2010, a Memorandum of Understanding was
signed at New York and Bucharest between the United Nations and the Romanian Government for the
settlement of a Center of Excellence for Protection and Security of the Protection and Guard Service, where the
UN security personnel can attend close protection training programs. In parallel with the activities carried
out on national territory, the Protection and Guard Service cooperates with foreign intelligence services and
departments with tasks in the field, having signed protocols and agreements of cooperation with these
institutions. 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 NATO and
UN missions in Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, Central African Republic, is relevant in this respect. Within the same
context, the officers of the Service participate in protection missions for UN high officials who work in the
theaters of operation. The Protection and Guard Service ensures optimal security conditions for events
attended by foreign dignitaries, such as European and international summits held in Romania. At their request, the
Protection and Guard Service trained until now, the protection and guard personnel from European countries, and also
organized training sessions for certain structures of the national system of defense, public order and national security.

SPP has means of communication, informatics, audio-video monitoring devices, special equipment that are used with
a view to achieve its legal attributions. SPP has its own training center, endowed with trainers on different
specialties: counterterrorism, protection, guard, counter-terrorist check, foreign languages, physical training.
The center disposes of laboratories for every domain mentioned above, a training facility for physical training,
tracks and indoor/outdoor shooting ranges. Starting from 2014, SPP is participating in H2020 projects.

Experts in:

terrorism issues;
close protection;
anti terrorist intervention;
counter terrorist search;
special operations;
route survey;
pyrotechnics search and intervention;
VIP transport (land, air, sea);
IT and comunications;

H2020 Research Focus

  • SU-INFRA01-2018-2019-2020: Prevention, detection, response and mitigation of combined physical and cyber threats to critical infrastructure in Europe
  • Disaster-Resilient Societies
  • SU-DRS01-2018-2019-2020: Human factors, and social, societal, and organisational aspects for disaster-resilient societies
  • SU-DRS02-2018-2019-2020: Technologies for first responders
  • SU-DRS03-2018-2019-2020: Pre-normative research and demonstration for disasterresilient societies
  • SU-DRS04-2019-2020: Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) cluster
  • SU-DRS05-2019: Demonstration of novel concepts for the management of pandemic crises
  • Fight against Crime and Terrorism
  • SU-FCT01-2018-2019-2020: Human factors, and social, societal, and organisational aspects to solve issues in fighting against crime and terrorism
  • SU-FCT02-2018-2019-2020: Technologies to enhance the fight against crime and terrorism
  • SU-GM01-2018-2019-2020: Pan-European networks of practitioners and other actors in the field of security
  • Cybersecurity, Digital Privacy and Data Protection
  • SU-DS01-2018: Cybersecurity preparedness - cyber range, simulation and economics
  • SU-DS02-2020: Management of cyber-attacks and other risks
  • SU-DS03-2019-2020: Digital Security and privacy for citizens and Small and Medium Enterprises and Micro Enterprises

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2014-08-01 / 2016-04-19