Border guard special task force begins work (1)
A new unit of the Police and Border Guard Board has began operation in South-East Estonia, having been set up to conduct special border operations.
Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur set wheels in motion in October to create the unit, which is part of the state's initiative to shore up the eastern border following the kidnapping of Estonian secret service official Eston Kohver at the beginning of September.
The unit is currently based in Koidula, but two more units under the task force will be set up for Tallinn and Narva, which the border guard hopes to ready in the first quarter of 2015.
The aim of the unit is to participate in operations where lives are in danger.
Opposition parties have criticized Pevkur for diverting funds away from the police, with only 250,000 euros of the 830,000 total budget coming from state reserves and the police will have to find the rest itself.
Another criticism is the lack of work for the new unit, with IRL politician and former ISS chief Raivo Aeg saying the force will have a little to do and could be on call for days or even months without any action.