Public Security Service (Lithuania)

The Public Security Service or VST (Lithuanian: Viešojo saugumo tarnyba) is a Lithuanian law enforcement agency under the Ministry of the Interior. It is primarily involved in restoring the public order and serving as the main riot police force equipped for riot control.[1][2]

Public Security Service
Viešojo saugumo tarnyba
Agency overview
FormedOctober 18, 1991; 30 years ago (1991-10-18)
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionLithuania
Governing bodyMinistry of the Interior
Constituting instrument
  • Law on the Public Security Service 2006
Operational structure
HeadquartersM. K. Paco str. 4, 10309 Vilnius

VST is a partner of the European Gendarmerie Force.[3]


The origins of the special purpose law enforcement can be traced back to the armed formations of the Lithuanian Tribunal, which was the Hungarian Company of the Lithuanian Tribunal.[4] The modern precursor of the institution was the Brigade of the Local Army (Vietinės kariuomenės brigada) established in February 1920, but disbanded a few years later.

The current institution was formed on 18 October 1991 and was known as the Internal Service Unit (Vidaus tarnyba) until 2002 when, following its reorganization, it was renamed to the Public Security Service.[4] The institution is regulated by the Law on the Public Security Service 2006.[2]


Some of the VST equipment includes[5][6]:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Lithuania - Public Security Service". OECD. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Law on the Public Security Service". Office of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. 19 September 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Viešojo Saugumo Tarnyba – Partner Member". European Gendarmerie Force. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  4. ^ a b "History of Public Security Service". Government of the Republic of Lithuania. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Viešojo saugumo tarnyba ieško 10 vairuotojų specialiam transportui". LRT. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Viešojo saugumo tarnybą pasiekė naujas specialios paskirties šarvuotis". 31 January 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2021.

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