Siguranța

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Directorate of Police and General Safety
Direcția Poliției și Siguranței Generale
Common name Siguranța Statului
Agency overview
Formed March 25, 1908
Dissolved 1948
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency ROU
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Bucharest
Parent agency Ministry of Administration and Interior

Siguranța Statului/Siguranța were the several installments of the secret police of the Kingdom of Romania. The official title of the organization changed throughout its history, with names including Directorate of the Police and General Safety (Romanian: Direcția Poliției și Siguranței Generale), the Secret Intelligence Service (Romanian: Serviciul Secret de Informații), the Special Intelligence Service (Romanian: Serviciul Special de Informații) or simply the Intelligence Service (Romanian: Serviciul de Informații),

History[edit]

Created in 1908, in the aftermath of a major peasant revolt, it acted as a political police, supervising, infiltrating and trying to dismantle political groupings considered undesirable by the Romanian governments.[1] Changing its structure several times during the first half of the 20th century, it was ultimately disbanded in 1948, when Romania became a people's republic. Siguranța's role, as well as a large part of its employees, were integrated into the newly founded Department of State Security ("Securitate").

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (in Romanian) morarup.narod.ru, Romanian Safety Police in the Interwar Bessarabia, accessed on March 21, 2012