Pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 6975, otherwise known as the Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990 as amended by RA 8551, the Police Security Unit (PSU) which was the forerunner of the present Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG), is mandated to “provide security for government officials, visiting dignitaries and private individuals authorized to be given protection”.
Pursuant to Section 42, paragraph 2 (3) of the Rules and Regulations implementing the DILG Act of 1990 (RA 6975). “The Police Security Unit shall provide appropriate security to government officials, visiting dignitaries and private individuals authorized to be given protection, as may be prescribed by the Commission.”
On August 29, 2000, the National Police Commission issued a revised Memorandum Circular Nr. 2000-008 providing the “General Guidelines Governing the Detail of PNP Personnel as Protective Security”. The memorandum prescribes the general rules on who are authorized to be given protection, limitations in the grant of protective security and the requirements for protective security personnel. It is now being used by PSPG as the legal basis for its protective security operations.
As additional function of the PSPG, the Vital Installation Protection Unit (VIPU) was activated pursuant to G.O. Nr. DPL 06-12 dated September 16, 2006, in order to provide security to key national government offices and installations/facilities.