Global Counter-IED MapPolice counter-IED units

Libyan National Safety Authority

Location: Tripoli


Type: Police

The Libyan National Safety Authority is run by the Ministry of the Interior. It operate in all major cities in Libya in the field of both IEDD and CMD, they operate under the guidance and control of the Ministry of Interior.

All trainees are members of the Libyan Police force with numerous years of previous EOD skills, although not in most cases to today’s international standards.

They have recently received training in EOD from the UNMAS/Arms and Ammunition Advisory Section of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) at the National Safety Authority’s request.

IED training to continue throughout 2016.

They continue to carry out EOD and CIED efforts throughout the country and provide assistance to similar actors such as demining NGOs.

The conflicts in Libya have made the work particularly dangerous. There has been a lack of coordination across the country and the NSA have complained of lack of funding and correct equipment to the tackle the size of the IED problem.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.