King Mohammed VI launched construction on a new headquarters for Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) on Wednesday in the Hay Riad district in Rabat.
The new headquarters, which are set to cost MAD 2 billion ($207 million), are in line with the royal speech from the 17th anniversary of the King’s Throne Day in 2016, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
During his speech, the King acknowledged the difficulties faced by national police due to limited resources.
“They work day and night and are subject to tremendous pressure, as they are exposed to danger when they are on duty.”
In his speech, the King urged the government to “provide the security authorities with the necessary human and material resources to enable them to carry out their duty properly.”
The new facility will be built on an area of 20 hectares and will include a modern and integrated administrative complex, sheltering all the directorates and central services of the national security branch.
The headquarters will also include a conference room with a capacity of 1,200 seats.
The government expects to complete the project within five years. It will also include a museum of national security to trace the history of DGSN and its efforts to fight terrorism, drug trafficking, and criminal networks.
The architectural design will meet international standards.
The DGSN’s headquarters will also benefit from improved accessibility thanks to its location in Hay Riad and its connection to Rabat’s motorway network.
The facility will also include an archive center, a center for sports, a center for the registration of identity data and printing of national maps, a reserve force accomodation center, a computer center, and a parking lot with a capacity of 1,500 vehicles.