FBI Assistant Director visits the National Police Headquarters
Mr. Donald Alway, FBI Assistant Director, responsible at the same time for the operations of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, was a guest of the meeting organized on March 31, 2022 at the National Police Headquarters in Warsaw. This event marks yet another step on the road to broader and closer cooperation between the Polish Police and the FBI.
The Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the accompanying guests were welcomed by Commander-in-Chief of the Police, General Jarosław Szymczyk. The meeting was organized on the initiative of the American party, and it was aimed at discussing the possibility of increased involvement of the Polish Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in joint training projects, operational support and bilateral information exchange in preventing, detecting and combating threats posed by weapons of mass destruction.
The fact that the Polish Police have been approaching such issues with concern is evidenced by highly developed cooperation of the Central Counter Terrorist Police Unit BOA with the American counterpart. Since 2011, i.e. during the preparations for the European Football Championship EURO 2012, police counter terrorists have been benefiting from American solutions, experience, knowledge and equipment, and Polish-American cooperation in this area was developed in subsequent years and continues to this day.
The meeting organized at the National Police Headquarters was therefore an opportunity to once again discuss issues important from the perspective of common security. As the Commander-in-Chief of the Police emphasized, the war in Ukraine in a natural way sensitizes us to the risks associated with the possibility of use of means of mass destruction, which requires special readiness and preparation from the entire police community.
In view of the current developments in Ukraine, the Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation emphasized the importance of partnership cooperation with the Polish Police and assured of the FBI's full support for joint projects. One of them will be the possibility of active participation of Polish police officers in training programs conducted by the FBI specialists.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Police Major General Paweł Dobrodziej, Commander of the Central Bureau of Investigation of Police Major General Paweł Półtorzycki, Commander of the Central Counter Terrorist Police Unit "BOA" Colonel Dariusz Zięba, Director of the International Police Cooperation Bureau Colonel Paulina Filipowiak and Director of the Control and Command Centre Colonel Adam Kachel.