(Danish Security Intelligence Service abbreviated
DSIS) is the national
security intelligence agency
focus solely upon domestic security while foreign intelligence
operations is handled by Forsvarets
Efterretningstjeneste – an intelligence branch under the Danish
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
The three main duties of the PET are counter terrorism
, counter extremism
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. PET: Kontraterrorisme
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
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.
PET also provides bodyguards
royalty, politicians and other persons.
PET is a part of the Danish police but refers directly to the
Minister of Justice.
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
Several organs oversee PET in order to make sure the agency does
not misuse its powers.
- Ministry of
- 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 from each of the five biggest
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.
Criticism and public relations
PET was criticised in the late 1990’s 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
People with PET bodyguards
PET does not comment on whom they offer specific bodyguard
protection. However, it is publicly established that the following
people are under permanent protection:
Sources, references and endnotes
Welcome to The Danish Security and Intelligence Service
- PET: Arbejdsområder
- PET: Kontraspionage
- Pet: Faq
- PET: Sikkerhed
- PET: Personbeskyttelse
- PET: Organisation
- PET: Publikationer mv