Brigade Speciale Beveiligingsopdrachten

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Brigade Speciale Beveiligingsopdrachten
Common name BSB
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Agency overview
Formed 1975
Employees About 450 operators
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Secondary governing body Royal Marechaussee
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction Counter terrorism, special weapons and tactics, protection of VIPs.
Operational structure
Overviewed by Ministry of Defence (Netherlands)

The Brigade Speciale Beveiligingsopdrachten (Special Protection Tasks Brigade) or BSB is a special operations unit of the Koninklijke Marechaussee, the Dutch gendarmerie corps.


The Brigade Speciale Beveiligingsopdrachten found its origin as the Dutch counterpart to the German GSG9. The BSB is a bridge between the Dienst Speciale Interventies (DSI) and the Arrestatieteam of the Dutch police.

The heavily armed unit has several tasks.

  • SWAT team of the Koninklijke Marechaussee
  • Observing and/or arresting 'potentially dangerous' activists/criminals
  • Protecting money transports
  • Observing events with certain risks
  • Protecting very important persons
  • Protecting Dutch embassies


The BSB uses a wide variety of weapons, armored vehicles, boats and tactical equipment. The main weapons are the Glock 17 pistol, the HK416 rifle, HK MP5, the FN P90 and the FN Minimi.

External links[edit]

Special Protection Assignments Brigade (BSB), special forces for arrests, surveillance and protection