How aggressive are Polish police?
The Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs (MSW) just announced a public tender for carrying out an audit among police officers to measure violence displayed by Polish police officers against citizens, the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote August 4, 2015.
â€śThe police has a million interventions per year,â€ť Malgorzata Wozniak, spokesperson of MSW, told Rzeczpospolita. â€śThe vast majority of them are according to the playbook, and violent behavior against citizens is rare. But even small incidents should not take place. The audit will show us how to prevent those from happening.â€ť
The audit tender was directly triggered by several recent incidents, in which violent behavior of police officers surfaced. One such tragedy occurred in Kutno where in a local police station a 34-year-old officer shot dead a 29-year-old man detained for petty theft. The two of them were alone in the interrogation room when three shots were fired, two of which hit the victim in the head. The police officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter and negligence of duty.
The ministry has allocated PLN 140,000 for the provider to be chosen by the end of August. The audit report is to be drafted by the end of the year.
Photo courtesy of Polish Police.