Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia

Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia

Profile

Latvian State Police is a state institution to protect society from criminal and other illegal threats to life, health, rights and freedoms, property and interests. The central authority of the State Police organises and co-ordinates activities of the structural units of the State Police. The central authority includes Administrative Department, Press and Public Relations Bureau, Complaints and Discipline Branch, Personnel and Recruitment Board, Secret Regime Guarantee Unit, Special Correspondence Unit, Planning and Finance Board. The operations of the police are organised observing lawfulness, humanism, human rights, social justice, transparency and an undivided authority, and relying on the assistance of the public. The police, by its operations, shall ensure the observance of the rights and freedoms of persons. Restriction of such rights and freedoms shall be permitted only on the basis of law and in accordance with procedures prescribed by law.

Role in the project

State police of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Latvia will act within the ORIGINS project as an advisor and link between the government needs (national and EU) and the project itself. It will provide expertise and use cases of identity fraud based on breeder documents. As a EU external border country, Latvia will provide interesting and relevant use cases on which could be based the minimum equivalent level of security required by Frontex for every Member State. State police will also contribute to the definition of security gaps and recommendations, thanks to its technical skills and experience in ID documents issuance. Forensic experts working at the State police of the Republic of Latvia have been working in several working groups concerning breeding documents at EU, for example ICAO, and National level.