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General Directorate of Dignitary Protection (GDDP)

Created in June 2008, the GDDP is the lead agency for securing and protecting past and present Ministers, Parliamentarians, Directors, and other VIPs. The personal security requirements for the GDDP are outlined in CoR Order 1515. This document outlines Personal Security Detail (PSD) requirements and authorizations for GoI officials. Order 1515 specifies a force requirement of over 20,000 security police. In addition to Order 1515 responsibilities, the GDDP had the mission to provide protection for 1,200 Iraqi Judges, which requires an additional 6,000 personnel.

Against the requirement of 26,000 personnel, the GDDP had 4,292 personnel assigned as of 2010. With the hiring freeze in effect, ITAM advisory efforts had focused on providing specialized security detail training for existing GDDP members. A total of 550 GDDP members had graduated advanced training by mid-2010. PSD training continued, with an expected goal of 600 additional graduates in the third quarter of 2010.

One of the primary concerns in advancement of the rule of law in Iraq is judicial security. As of 2010 the Higher Judicial Council (HJC) provided the majority of Judicial PSDs due to GDDP personnel shortages. MoI was in the process of transferring provincial IP to the GDDP to assist with filling judicial security shortages in specific provinces. However, these transfers will not fill the entire requirement. HJC is considering petitioning the GoI to maintain a separate personnel security force. Therefore, the future of the judicial security mission remained uncertain.

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