The Lucko Anti-Terrorist Unit on Monday marked the 25th anniversary of its formation as the first unit in independent Croatia that later grew into the Croatian Army Special Police Force and, as was said at the ceremony, is today the country’s most elite police unit.
President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Minister of the Interior Ranko Ostojic and other senior public officials and politicians as well as numerous active and retired members of special police forces congratulated the unit’s members.
Grabar-Kitarovic expressed gratitude to all killed, wounded and retired members of the unit, saying that their sacrifice had contributed to the unit’s successes in the 1991-95 Homeland War and the creation of a sovereign and independent Croatia.
Commenting on national security and the fight against terrorism, Grabar-Kitarovic said that Croatia’s membership of the EU and NATO guaranteed security to some extent, but that responsibility for the country’s security primarily rested with Croatians.
She said that she advocated strategic upgrading of the national security system, making its management structures faster and more efficient, and consolidating it at the operational level. She said that investing in security, primarily defence and police, should be viewed as investing into greater security as a precondition of economic growth and development.
Ostojic said that members of special police forces today were excellently trained professionals. He called on them to continue proving themselves in crisis situations, in international missions and in the ATLAS Network, an international association of special police units.