The very few images I have seen of the Securitate show individuals in street clothing, more or less the same as our FBI or CIA (or any of a long list of "alphabet soup" agencies we have here in the US), so I quite understand what you're telling me. It seems the Securitate operated similarly to the Stasi when it came to the uniformed services... used who they needed but kept them in the uniform they already had. Of course, the Stasi (MfS) had the Watch Regiment, but that was largely cerrimonial. Would you say that I would be more accurate in describing my collection as "Security and Militia" rather than "Securitate"?
IMHO I think you have a good idea, in your above post, (I do not claim in any way to be an expert)
but I do attend many Collectors Fairs here and a lot of items are being pushed as "Securitate"
are not connected specifically to this organization.
There are awards and medals specific to the "Securitate" but, unless you have the Brevet
stating that, then the chances are the person was not a member.
Kevin in Deva.