Danish Security and Intelligence Service
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2008)|
|The Danish Security and Intelligence Service|
Logo of The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET)
|Preceding Agency||Det sønderjyske Politiadjudantur|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Denmark|
|Headquarters||Søborg, Århus and Odense|
|Employees||c. 650 (2005)|
|Minister responsible||Morten Bødskov, Ministry of Justice of Denmark|
|Agency executive||Jakob Scharf (May 2007), Politimester (Deputy National Commissioner)|
|Parent agency||Ministry of Justice of Denmark|
|Website||The Danish Security and Intelligence Service|
Politiets Efterretningstjeneste (PET) (The Danish Security and Intelligence Service, abbreviated DSIS) is the national security intelligence agency of Denmark. The agency focuses solely upon domestic security while foreign intelligence operations is handled by Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste – an intelligence branch under the Danish military.
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 country."
Counter terrorism 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. 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 prosecuting terrorists.
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 is a part of the Danish police but reports directly to the Minister of Justice.
The headquarters is 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 Justice.
- 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 each of the five biggest parties.
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. wire-tapping.)
Criticism and public relations
PET was criticised in the late 1990s 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 fashion).
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:
- Margrethe II of Denmark
- Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
- Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
- Prince Joachim of Denmark
- Helle Thorning Schmidt, Prime minister of Denmark
These people have fomerly had full time protection but their current protection level in unknown:
- Pia Kjærsgaard, Leader of Dansk Folkeparti
- Lars Løkke Rasmussen, former Prime minister of Denmark
- Naser Khader, Former member of the Danish parliament
- Kurt Westergaard, cartoonist
- Danish Defense Intelligence Service, (Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste, FE), its military counterpart
- Politiets Aktionsstyrke, (AKS) the special response unit of the Danish police.
- The PET Commission.
- Intelligence (information gathering)
- Politics of Denmark
- Official website (English)
Sources, references and endnotes
- PET: Welcome to The Danish Security and Intelligence Service
- PET: Arbejdsområder
- PET: Kontraterrorisme
- PET: Kontraspionage
- Pet: Faq
- PET: Sikkerhed
- PET: Personbeskyttelse
- PET: Organisation
- PET: Publikationer mv