Counter Terrorism Centre
|Counter Terrorism Centre|
Logo of the Counter Terrorism Centre
|Formed||September 1, 2010|
|Annual budget||13.41 billion HUF (61 million $) annually (2013)|
|Headquarters||Zách utca 4. |
|Elected officer responsible|
Counter Terrorism Centre (Hungarian: Terrorelhárítási Központ, TEK) is the SWAT state agency of Hungary, specialized for counter-terrorism, hostage crisis, gun violence, capturing dangerous criminals and protecting the Hungarian government and Hungarian citizens worldwide. They are the Hungarian equivalent of the German GSG 9 and the French GIGN.
It belongs to the Hungarian Ministry of Interior, headed by Sándor Pintér. TEK headquarters is located at Zách street (close to Hungária Boulevard), Pál Maléter Barracks, Kőbánya, Budapest, Hungary.
TEK was founded by the Second Cabinet of Viktor Orbán on 1 September 2010. According to the Hungarian ombudsman (Máté Szabó), TEK is the most professional, well-financed and well-equipped state agency in the country.
- Counter-terrorism: Preventing terrorist attacks
- Hostage crisis: Set to free Hungarian hostages nationwide and worldwide
- Gun violence: Bank robbery, School shooting
- Capturing and arresting dangerous, armed criminals or POIs
- Fighting Organized crime: Elimination of mafia organizations
- Protecting the Hungarian government, politicians, ambassadors and citizens nationwide and worldwide
Equipment and vehicles
TEK is using a number of small arms weapons most notably the USP, the MP5,the 417 and the 416. Detailed information about the equipment of TEK is not public, but according to the Hungarian media it uses armoured Audi Q7 luxury SUVs and BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers. According to Sándor Pintér, the Minister of Interior, TEK doesn't use tanks.
On 10 October 2011, during World War Z filming in Budapest, TEK invaded the crew's stores and also seized several guns, sniper rifles etc. which were used for filming. According to the official statement producers failed to consult with the authorities and despite of the import documentation's indication, all weapons were found to be fully functional. Later prosecutor's office dropped the charges in February 2012.
On August 13, 2012, three Hungarian nationals were held hostage by Syrian gunmen in Damascus. A detachment from TEK was deployed to Syria to set free the Hungarians. They arrived in Budapest on August 27, 2012 without injury.
In 2015 and 2016 the Europe-wide terrorist attacks and threat resulted in increased funds and constant readiness for TEK. They cooperated with the army and police to secure & patrol Budapest after the March 22 Brussels attacks.
- 2014 budget of Hungary compared with the 2013 budget, hirado.hu (Hungarian)
- "Megalakult a Terrorelhárítási Központ" [The Counter-terrorist Center was founded] (in Hungarian). index.hu. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
- "Az ombudsmant aggasztja a TEK titkos információgyűjtése" [The ombudsman worries about the secret wiretapping of TEK] (in Hungarian). index.hu. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
- Balázs, Andróczi (2011-04-02). "Audi Q7-esekkel a rosszfiúk ellen?" [Audi Q7 against Bad Guys?] (in Hungarian). totalcar.hu. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
- "Nem kap tankokat a TEK" [No tanks for TEK] (in Hungarian). Origo. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
- "Mood Pictures - Hungarian Spanking & BDSM Studio Arrested". TJHotMovies. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
- "Counter-terrorism police seize World War Z machine guns". News.com.au. October 11, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
- Grossberg, Josh (February 10, 2012). "Brad Pitt's Illegal Gun Cache: Is He Really in Serious Trouble?". E!. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
- Hostage crisis in Syria, Magyar Nemzet (Hungarian)
- "Már a TEK vigyáz a Szíriában elrabolt magyarokra" [Now the TEK guards the kidnapped Hungarians] (in Hungarian). HVG. 2012-08-26. Retrieved 5 March 2017.