Police Training Centre
|Historical Dates||Police Training Centre was established on August 27, 1990. Since the moment of its origin PTC has undergone a deep evolution: the organizational profile has been changed and the main training profile has been developed. This process of curricular changes has been a manifestation of adapting training activities to changing needs and preferences of the Police. The inclusion of Dog Training Centre in Sułkowice at the end of 1992 and the opening of International Police Training Centre in July 1998, situated at PTC, were the most important structural changes of the school.|
|Location||Police Training Centre is located in Legionowo, the town accounting for 50 0000 inhabitants and situated about 25 kilometres from the centre of Warsaw – the capital of Poland.|
(number of students & teachers)
|About 4500 students graduate from PTC yearly|
Trainers - presently 158
|Main areas of study||Police Training Centre runs courses in the following fields:|
International cooperation is mainly conducted by International Specialist Police Training Centre, which is a part of Police Training Centre. It was established in 1998 as a centre for improving professional skills of police officers from Central and Eastern European countries. Such courses are organized several times a year. ISPTC is also a place for exchanging knowledge and experience between different foreign law enforcement agencies, including agencies from Western countries and the USA. Our partners were: FBI, DEA, ATF, Secrete Service, US Customs and others. The centre is also a place where international conferences, symposiums, seminars, workshops and training courses are held. Moreover, ISPTC cooperates with many police organizations like: Centre European Academy – MEPA, European Police Academy – CEPOL, Association of European Police Colleges – AEPC. There is also a fruitful cooperation between PTC and many European police schools like: National School of Saxon Police in Bautzen (Germany), Cynology Department of Police Presidium in Bratislava (Slovakia), Latvia Police Academy in Ryga, Police School in Parnu (Estona) and many others.
Szkoła Policji w Katowicach
ul. Gen. Jankego 276
40 – 684 Katowice - Piotrowice
|Founded in||The Police School in Katowice was established on February 1 1999. It was opened in response to the police community’s efforts aimed at introducing organizational changes in the Police, with a view of putting a curb on the growing number of common offences and creating a police didactic centre in the south of Poland, where one third of the Polish policemen perform their service. The decision to locate the School in Katowice was strongly advocated by the administrative and self-government authorities, Silesian Provincal Police management, the Ministry of Interior and Administration, and the Main Police Headquarters.|
|Location||The school is based in part of Katowice called Piotrowice. We've perfect transport connections with every part of the country and particular with our great cities in province (voivodship).|
(number of students & teachers)
|Currently, the Police School in Katowice teaches 550 students in various types of programs, and in the nearest future this number will increase to 740. There are working 69 lecturers and 1 civilian. The residential base of the Police School in Katowice includes dorms with three and four-person functionally furnished and equipped rooms, which guarantees excellent conditions for studying and resting.|
|Main areas of study||The School focuses on training riot policemen, who perform their service in specific conditions of big urban agglomerations. The training is based on modern and regularly modified programs, taking into consideration the already existing positive patterns and models of education, applied by the Police in other countries. Apart from the training of the newly-admitted policemen, the Police School in Katowice conducts the following specialist courses:|
Poland’s entry into the European Union structures has opened new prospects and possibilities for the Police School in Katowice to start cooperation with police from other European countries. Our partners are befriended Police schools in Ostrava, Brno and Holešov in the Czech Republic, in Kosice and Pezinok near Bratislava in Slovakia, Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine, Klaipėda in Lithuania, Nienburg in Germany and Cluj-Napoka in Romania. We also cooperate with the Police School in Moena and Guardia di Finanza police department in Italy, Police Academy Loures near Lisbon in Portugal and in Frankfurt-Hahn in Germany. Under auspices of CEPOL we organized three activities: Seminar for candidate countries (2009, 2010) and course Knowledge of European Police Systems (2011). Thanks to European grants we carried out three projects:
- Safety on ski slopes in training and vocational training in Police;
- Common Market” also for offenders; seizure of property and evidence in financial crime proceedings;
- Human Rights – common obligations and different problems in police training systems.
Szkoła Policji w Pilea
Plac Staszica 7
|Founded in||15th September 1954|
In the first training course which commenced in December 1954, 492 students took part. The course lasted 4 months. At that time the teaching and logistic infrastructure was very poor. It was quite difficult to provide students with specialist literature and educational aids. The duration of the trainings was determined by the Commander-in-Chief of the Civic Militia Forces and the following 3 courses lasted only 4 months too, because of the need for training as many students as possible. The situation changed in September 1956 when there were introduced courses that lasted 5 months and a year later ones that lasted 10 months. The syllabus of the latter consisted of 1352 school lessons including issues from the area of crime detection, administrative supervision, external duties, substantive criminal and process law, shooting training, drill, and physical education. Over 200 lessons were dedicated to political issues.
From the first years of functioning students of the school performed the services (including patrol services, interrogating witnesses, searching, surveillance) in the local militia station.
The year of 1960 was a significant stage in the development of the school. From that time trainings for constables conducted up to date begun to change into trainings aimed at schooling undercover investigative agents. The changes started 1st April 1960 and that date can be considered as the beginning of the specialisation that Police School in Piła is identified with nowadays. The new training programme contained enlarged knowledge from the scope of law, forensic science and tactics of combating various forms of crime. With time that particular specialisation became strengthened and in 1973 the school was known as the one that trained undercover investigative agents. In the following years the syllabus of the 8-month-long courses begun to acknowledge the division of professionals of combating criminal offenses and economic crime.
Between 1969 and 1974 a thorough modernisation of the teaching and logistic base took place. It included construction of a new social and cultural infrastructure as well as leisure and sports complex that significantly improved the training activities of the school.
The branch of Postgraduate Department of Academy of Internal Affairs was established within the school in 1977 and 1980 and 205 students became graduates of the studies.
The year of 1989 was the beginning of social and political changes in Poland. The democratization of the political system caused alterations in the institutions dealing with national security and public order. The Act of 6th April 1990 of the Police appointed a new police force formation emphasizing the respect for the dignity of the citizens as well as respect and protection of human rights. Therefore, it caused reforms in the system of police education in order to adjust it to new needs that would meet the demands of the society.
10th May 1991 was the day of the solemn flag ceremony of the Police School in Piła. In the commemorative book bishop Józef Michalik wrote: “Let God strengthen good that He put in the heart of a man and let it be seen by the service of Every Polish Police Officer”.
In September 2004 the school was celebrating its 50th anniversary and then was given a badge of honour “For Contribution to Greater Poland Voyvodship” in recognition of achievements in activities connected with national security and public order and for taking care of children, the old and the disabled people.
The idea of voluntary service is familiar to the staff and students of the Police School in Piła. They get involved in actions like The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity or unpaid donation of blood. The school also cooperates with Social Welfare Home in Rzadkowo and Therapy Workshops in Leżenica. In national competition “The Colours of Volunteering” the Police School in Piła as one of over a thousand participants took the third place in recognition of its credits for social and voluntary activities. The school band “Awans” (“Promotion”) that consists of students and the school staff is very popular and adds splendour to many occasions and the School Gallery “Aquarium” is a place where works of artistically gifted police officers as well as works of artists from around the country are shown.
|Location||The Police School is located in Piła – a town with a population of 75 thousand, picturesquely situated by the Gwda River, on the border of Greater Poland and West Pomeranian Regions. Piła is a town that is called the town-garden, because of its numerous green areas, parks and dense forests nearby that fill sites among modern housing estates. Due to its location Piła is an important road and railway hub as it is situated at the intersection of two main lines – leading from the Baltic Sea coast to the south of the country (to Poznań, Gorzów and further to Germany) and from Szczecin and Świnoujście to Bydgoszcz, Toruń and Warsaw.|
(number of students & teachers)
|Teachers – 74 police officers (police teachers including heads of didactic departments).|
Students – approximately 4 thousand (within a year)
|Main areas of study|
The Police School in Piła conducts courses at the basic level and also vocational trainings specialising in training policemen of criminal service to make them prepared for investigative and detective work.
The basic course, lasting 6,5 months, prepares the students to perform at the basic position in the preventive service. The course is the very first of all police trainings and the only one that is compulsory. Vocational trainings are the next stage of schooling, addressed to policemen of crime investigation departments. These trainings last approximately 2 months and during that time students acquire knowledge from the area of preventing crime, law, forensic science, tactics and techniques of police intervention, psychology, social communication, professional ethics, human rights, first aid, shooting training, information technology and communication equipment.
Moreover, the Police School in Piła runs courses in tactics and techniques of interrogations, courses for supervisors of undercover agents, for disciplinary commissioners, for public prosecutors, for policemen performing military and defense tasks, and also cooperating with media.
Within a year there are approximately 4 thousand students taking part in various trainings.
Szkoła Policji w Słupsku
ul. J.Kilińskiego 42
Introduction (copy 1)
|Historical Dates|| |
|Location||The Police School in Słupsk is actively involved in the life of the local community both here in Słupsk and of the surrounding municipalities and region. There is a Chamber of School’s Tradition and History which can be visited by organized groups and utilized during lessons showing a history of the police in Poland. A newly opened Chamber of Criminology is also opened for visitors which shows technical achievements in the criminology in the past. Sixty-five years have already passed since policemen teach other policemen in the City of Słupsk how to serve in the interests of the community how to protect it from threats coming from the criminal World.|
(number of students & teachers)
|Main areas of study||At present the School provides mainly basic-initial 6 months courses. Moreover the School provides vocational improvement courses for target practice instructors and middle level officers of prevention. The School also prepares the police officers to serve in Special Police Forces in Kosovo within a structure of the United Nations' police forces. Total capacity are about 1000 students and about 140 employed lectures are police officers.|
In the beginning of the nineties the School started cooperation with the representatives of Police forces from other countries. At first the centers exchanged their educational experiences. Since 1995 the Police School in Slupsk has been cooperating with a High Vocational Police School in Brandenburgia Region close to Berlin. Within the cooperation the centers regularly exchange the teachers and students. Last year we also started our new cooperation with Lithuania border Police. The representatives of our school take part in different international initiatives, peace-keeping missions, Cepol courses, UE programs. Since 2009 we successfully participate in different UE Leonardo da Vinci projects.
Wyższa Szkoła Policji w Szczytnie
ul. Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego 111
|Location||School is located in a county town (about 30 thousand inhabitants) in north-east Poland, 180 km from Warsaw; the nearest airports are in Warsaw and Gdansk (about 200 km away).|
(number of students & teachers)
|The approximate numbers for 2011 are respectively: |
|Main areas of study|
- CEPOL seminars and multilateral exchange,
- MEPA main course and seminars,
- thematic conferences on various topics (e.g. quality management, major incident management, police ethics, fighting vehicle crime, drug-related crime, money laundering)
- training courses for representatives of foreign law-enforcement agencies (e.g. executive training for representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs from Kazakhstan and Ukraine in 2006 and 2007; training course for Iraqi investigators in 2006),
- workshops for Polish police officers conducted by representatives of foreign law-enforcement agencies (e.g. workshop on Project Management conducted by trainers from Police School in Airing, managerial training course for representatives of the National Police HQ Bureau of Inspection and Finance in Modern Auditing Techniques and Methods conducted by French State Police officers)
- Polish language course for German police officers,
- yearly seminars on payment card abuse and technical aspect of cyber crime
Organisation & Structure of National Police Force(s)
According to the Police Act from 1990, the police force in Poland can be described as divided according to the profile of police officers into four groups: criminal, prevention, logistic service and – added later on – more specialist investigation service.
According to it’s structure, on the highest possible level we can mention the General Police Headquarters, located in Warsaw. Within GPH there are different units related to different kinds of crime. There are as well 16 Voievodeship Police Headquarters and Municipal Police Headquarters in Warsaw functionning on the same level as voievodeship ones, then 342 poviat or municipal district police stations, then about 565 police stations on the lowest level. There are additionally 17 specialist (railway, water, airport) police stations, 22 prevention units and some anti-terrorism subunits.
As far as the educational aspect of the police structure is concerned, there should be obviously mentioned: the Police Academy (in free translation the High Police School) in Szczytno, three colleges (Police Schools) in Katowice, Pila and Slupsk, and the Police Training Centre in Legionowo. There are also three police centres providing education on the very basic level.