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 Securityassignments 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 Task[edit]

The BSB was established as a bridge between the Special Assistance Unit (BBE) from the Marine Corps and the SWAT team of the police. The BSB is the model of the German GSG-9 (Grenzschutzgruppe-9) formed. The BSB, which is part of the military police and therefore a military organization consists only of soldiers. These are recruited from its own ranks of the military police, regional police and various special defense units (i.e. Commando Corps, Marine Corps and 11 Airmobile Brigade). All BSB'ers follow the BSB training and then further specialization (OT, AT, etc.). Also follow the candidate BSB'ers who do not come from the Royal Military Constabulary and police training for General Investigation Officer. The official job title is "Sergeant special assignments" (or the rank applicable).

The BSB will in all cases act as a unit and never come out as an individual. From protecting the privacy of its members, the BSB does not comment on personal details.

The BSB has four divisions:

Personal security

This mainly concerns the (personal) security of embassy personnel; include foreign (military) attachés. This VIPpers (as they are also called) works closely the DKDB ( Royal and Diplomatic Protection ) of the National Police.


Like any OT is the IP BSB deployed after a charge for systematic observation was issued by a prosecutor. The legal frameworks for this are given in the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Law Special powers . Systematic observation loves nothing more or less than the secretly observing people in order to (partly) to gain insight into his private life. Often this is accompanied by 'tapping' (interception) of the phone (s) of the subject. The duration of the observation says nothing about whether or not systematic. The depth and purpose though.

Observation Teams use the BSB in dynamic observation nondescript cars (vehicles without special modifications) to follow, from photographing or filming. Static observation often happens from one (or several) fixed objects from which a subject (person) is viewed. This usually happens in so-called driving and follow teams of 7 to 10 members.

At major events mixing members of the surveillance team is among the spectators or they take place (usually high) strategic locations. Observing 'dangerous' activists is also a task of the BSB. This is done regularly on request include the AIVD . The observation teams from the AIVD indeed are not armed, which the BSB however.

Special Missions

Under the mandate of special missions department under other securing POLADS (political advisors, diplomats and convicted criminals under severe threat to life). Also, Special Assignments task to perform special assignments for the state.

Arrest Team

The SWAT team (Arrests dings and support AOT) of the BSB will be deployed to take action in life-threatening and tactically difficult situations, such as the maintenance of armed and dangerous criminals, the overpowering of jumpers (people on the verge of committing suicide), performing specific work at height and negotiate or act during a hostage situation. The AOT BSB is widely used against foreign criminals to be arrested in the Netherlands or to be overpowered. The AOT BSB will also perform arrests of soldiers when necessary, since the BSB is part of the Royal Military Police.



The BSB is the standard pistol Glock 17, but this weapon is usually used as a secondary weapon. In addition to the Glock 17 and 26, the BSB has access to a large amount of different weapons, including the Heckler & Koch MP5 and the Heckler & Koch MP7, the FN P90, the Heckler & Koch P9, Heckler & Koch HK416 and (probably) HK417, several sniper rifles and light machine guns like the FN Minimi. All weapons are in various designs in stock. The weapon composition is formulated specifically for each task. Thus, it is customary for the SWAT team to use the Heckler & Koch MP5 and the Glock 17 make the bodyguards often use the Heckler & Koch MP5K and the Glock 17 and 26, make the BSB'ers of special assignments primarily use the Heckler & Koch HK416 and the Glock 17 and 26.


The BSB has various types of vehicles, some of which are armored . The following vehicles are known as BSB vehicles, but for security reasons no official announcements have been made:

Volvo S60, armor S60, no armor

Škoda Superb, armor Superb, no armor

BMW 5 series, armor 5 series, no armor 7 series, armor 7 series, no armor

Mercedes-Benz S Class, armor E-class, armor E-class, no armor

Toyota Landcruiser 100, additional armor Toyota Grand Vitara, armor

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

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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