U.S. Ambassador, Minister of Interior and State Border Guard Chief to Participate in the Handover Ceremony of U.S.-Funded Polaris All-Terrain Vehicles in Riga

  • 2022-03-08
  • U.S. Embassy Riga

RIGA – Ambassador John Carwile, Minister of Interior Marija Golubeva and State Border Guard Chief General Guntis Pujāts will participate in a ceremony to mark the delivery of Polaris all-terrain vehicles financed by the U.S. Department of Defense. The ceremony will take place at the State Border Guard headquarters at 13:00 on March 9. The ceremony is open to the media and will include static display of the Polaris all-terrain vehicles.

The procurement of 67 Polaris all-terrain vehicles with a total value of 2 million USD includes spare parts, as well as training for the State Border Guard. An additional 18 vehicles will be delivered to the State Border Guard by the end of 2022. The equipment will be used by the State Border Guard for border patrol operations to increase their mobility.

In recent years, the U.S. government has assisted the Latvian State Border Guard to develop its detection and border surveillance capabilities. Since 2018, U.S. has provided over 7 million USD worth of security assistance to State Border Guard, demonstrating strong U.S. commitment to Latvia’s security.