How is personal security carried out in Sweden?
Who is protecting whom in Sweden? Personal security can mean different things for private individuals, professionals and government employees. Personal protection in Sweden is organised as follows:
Swedish Security Service
In Sweden, the Security Service, abbreviated SÄPO, handles personal protection relating to the central government, a foreign state’s mission members and persons who participate in state visits or similar events.
Swedish Armed Forces
The Swedish Armed Forces takes care of personal protection for military key personnel. The protection is provided by the Military Police’s personal protection groups and the special association Special Operations Task Group, abbreviated SOG.
The Swedish Police
The Swedish police is responsible for personal protection of those who do not fall under the responsibility of SÄPO or the Swedish Armed Forces. The police normally protect victims, witnesses or other persons in the community who are exposed to threats. The measures vary and can range from issuing restraining orders to specific personal safety programs.
Private Security Companies
Finally, private security companies help exposed people to ensure personal security in cases where the above actors are not able to intervene. The security companies also provide proactive personal protection for e.g. senior positions in the business community, but also at events, gatherings and meetings where the risk of an incident is deemed to be high. This type of personal protection is designed to ensure the safety of individuals before, during and after an incident or threat.