The Full Wiki

More info on Norwegian Police Security Service

Norwegian Police Security Service: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Did you know ...

More interesting facts on Norwegian Police Security Service

Include this on your site/blog:


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Norwegian Police Security Service
Type Government agency
Founded 1937
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Area served Norway
Key people Jørn Holme (Director)
Industry Police force
Employees (2007)
Parent Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police

The Norwegian Police Security Service (Norwegian: Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste, PST) is the police security agency of Norway, somewhat comparable to the British MI5. The agency was previously known as POT (Politiets Overvåkningstjeneste or Police Surveillance Agency), the name change was dictated by Stortinget (parliament) on June 2, 2001. The service was established in 1936 or 1937.

The agency is responsible for monitoring and securing the interior security in Norway. Known operational departments include counterintelligence unit, counterterrorism unit, counterproliferation and organized crime unit, counterextremism unit, investigation unit, surveillance unit, technology unit, security analysis unit and foreign citizens unit. In addition, PST is in charge of all VIP protection except for the royal family, which has its own independent escort service.

PST is unlike all ordinary police services not a part of the National Police Directorate but like Økokrim and several other special police units placed directly under the Ministry of Justice and the Police. Also, the agency is under the direct scrutiny of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs' Special Unit For Oversight of Intelligence, Surveillance and Security Agencies, after it conducted unlawful political surveillance on national citizens during the Cold War.

PST headquarters
Photo: Hans-Petter Fjeld

The organization consists of Den Sentrale Enhet (central unit) that is located in Nydalen, Oslo, as well as individual police officers in all the police regions.

The organization is currently headed by Jørn Holme.

External links



Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address