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July 31, 2021

UN personal protection officers to be trained in Bucharest

The first Centre of Excellence for Protection and Security to train security personnel who protect UN high-ranking officials was opened in Bucharest, on Monday, by UN security chief Gregory B. Starr. A total of 12 officers will attend the first training course. The event took place at the headquarters of the Service for Protection and Guard (SPP). Last year, SPP signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the joint training of UN security personnel.

The UN security chief said this partnership proved how much Romanian officers’ performance in peace-keeping missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan is valued. ‘I wish to thank the Romanian Government for the work of its officers which is so important and often dangerous. No one should underestimate the risks those people expose themselves to when carrying out such missions. A few months ago, one of our colleagues was killed in a UN location and the courage of those who fought there is a memorable one’, Gregory B. Starr said.

‘The qualities of the staff serving this centre come from the expertise they have gathered in theatres of operations and in local training’, SPP head Lucian Pahontu in turn said.

Attending the centre opening, president’s adviser Iulian Fota congratulated SPP on ‘its wisdom of making a name for itself internationally’.

Trainees are selected based on individual applications among personnel who currently carry out protection missions in theatres of operations, according to UN provisions. The trainers will be SPP and UN staff with thorough technical expertise on military, police and security procedures, as well as on personal protection, self-defence and security techniques in international missions.

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