VDD protects the national and foreign dignitaries as well as dignitaries of international organisations visiting the Republic of Latvia.
VDD is responsible for the protection of Minister President and the Speaker of the Saeima (the protection of the President of the Republic of Latvia is provided by Military Police). However, by the order of the Cabinet of Ministers or the decision of Presidium of the Saeima (Latvian Parliament) other officials can be considered as to be protected. Additionally, it is VDD’s task to protect officials exposed to a sudden threat.
Along with the responsibility to protect Latvian senior officials, VDD has also to protect the foreign government officials, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the leaders of UNO, European Council, European Parliament and European Commission when they are visiting the Republic of Latvia. In accordance with the opinion given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Saeima Chancellery, the security can be ensured to the officials of other foreign and international organisations and institutions during their visits in the Republic of Latvia.
When organising the security measures for national and foreign dignitaries, VDD ensures the close protection as well as safe and undisturbed movement, safe workplace, safe residence, temporary residence in the Republic of Latvia and prevention of unauthorised acquisition of information.
Security measures when protecting dignitaries are based on conducted threat analysis and by following strict principle of proportionality (plans of security measures are made by thorough assessment of their influence on the everyday routine of residents).