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Politiets Efterretningstjeneste (PET) (The Danish Security and Intelligence Service abbreviated DSIS) is the national security intelligence agency of Denmark. The agency focuses solely upon domestic security while foreign intelligence operations is handled by Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste – an intelligence branch under the Danish military.
The stated overall purpose of PET is to "prevent, investigate and counter operations and activities that pose or may pose a threat to the preservation of Denmark as a free, democratic and safe country."
Operations[edit | edit source]
Counter terrorism does not only encompass stopping terrorist attacks upon Denmark and Danish interests but also to ensure Denmark isn’t used as a base of operations for carrying out terrorist attacks in and against other countries. Furthermore PET attempt to gather evidence to ensure that terrorists are prosecuted. Denmark is obliged by UN and EU resolutions to support other states in prosecuting terrorists.
Aside from the three main areas PET also provides counselling to Danish companies on how to avoid espionage(but is only directly involved in countering industrial espionage if an agency of a foreign government is involved). It has a role as national security advisor to the Danish government, public authorities and other branches of the police along with a number of other activities common to domestic security organisations.
Organization[edit | edit source]
PET is a part of the Danish police but reports directly to the Minister of Justice.
The headquarter is located in Copenhagen, and they have offices in Århus and Odense located in the local police stations. Because the service is integrated with the Danish police, they have representatives in all police precincts of Denmark. 
Supervision and oversight[edit | edit source]
Several organs oversee PET in order to make sure the agency does not misuse its powers.
- Ministry of Justice.
- The parliamentary budget committee (Rigsrevisionen) has oversight and supervision with the budgets.
- The Wamberg committee has oversight and supervision with the registration of people.
- Parliamentary intelligence agencies control committee, that consist of five members, from each of the five biggest parties.
Besides those listed the agency is also under the control of the Courts of Denmark (which has to approve many special steps of investigation, e.g. wire-tapping.)
Criticism and public relations[edit | edit source]
PET was criticised in the late 1990s for being closed to the public and has tried to counter these claims by adopting a more open approach. Thus PET has taken to maintain a website explaining its overall aims and obligations and publishing an annual public report surveying extremist activities in Denmark and the threat level to national domestic security (albeit only in a very overall fashion).
People with PET bodyguards[edit | edit source]
PET does not comment on whom they offer specific bodyguard protection. However, it is publicly established that the following people are under permanent protection:
- Margrethe II of Denmark
- Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
- Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
- Prince Joachim of Denmark
- Lars Løkke Rasmussen, former Prime minister of Denmark
- Helle Thorning Schmidt, Prime minister of Denmark
- Pia Kjærsgaard, Leader of Dansk Folkeparti
- Naser Khader, Former member of the Danish parliament (needs update check)
- Kurt Westergaard, cartoonist
See also[edit | edit source]
- Danish Defense Intelligence Service (Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste, FE) Its military counterpart
- The PET Commission.
- Intelligence (information gathering)
- Politics of Denmark
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- Official website (English)