Re-establishment of the Security Police

On 1 February 1991 the Government of the Republic of Estonia issued Regulation No. 24  "Approval of the Structure of the National Police Board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Estonia". On 12 February 1991 the Estonian Security Police and the Security Police Administration were established by Directive No. 42 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Estonia. The Estonian Security Police was formed on the basis of Department No. 6 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Estonia and the Security Police Administration at the Estonian Police Board on the basis of Department No. 7 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Estonia. The Security Police Administration was subordinated to the Estonian Security Police. The Estonian Security Police was headed by Director, the head of the Security Police Administration was Commissar. On 13 February 1991 Jüri Pihl was appointed the first Director of the Security Police. On February 25-26 the first 16 persons were employed by the Security Police in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Võru and Narva. On 1 March the Security Police started its official duties in the status of a department of the Police Board with a total of 33 posts but without any official internal structure. Only in summer 1991 sections and units, predecessors of later departments and divisions, were formed within the Security Police.

The tasks of the Security Police laid down by the Police Act are combating organised crime and terrorism, protecting territorial integrity and state secrets, protecting secrets related to science, technology and business, securing the safety of national cultural heritage, state agencies, politicians and public officials. 

Pursuant to the Security Authorities Act, which entered into force on 1 March 2001, the status of the Estonian Internal Security Service was changed from a police authority into a security authority. 

Directors General of the re-established Estonian Internal Security Service

Jüri Pihl

Jüri Pihl was born on 17 March 1954 in Kuressaare. He finished Kingissepa Secondary School in 1972 and obtained higher education in the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu in 1977-1982.

  • Director General of the Estonian Internal Security Service in 1993-2003

 

Aldis Alus

Aldis Alus was born on 10 November 1967. He finished Tallinn Adult Secondary School No. 1 and Tallinn Militia Secondary School in 1989. In 2000 he graduated from the Public Service Academy in the field of police studies.

  • Director General of the Estonian Internal Security Service in 2003-2008

 

Raivo Aeg

  • Director General of the Estonian Internal Security Service in 2008-2013

 

Arnold Sinisalu

  • Director General of the Estonian Internal Security Service since 2013