The Chief Commander of Police, General Jarosław Szymczyk, will leave his position before the appointment of the new government – according to information from tvn24.pl. This will most likely happen at the end of the week.
– The plan for General Szymczyk’s departure is ready, it will take place before the new government is established. Possibly in the last days of this week. His role will be taken over by one of his current deputies, as acting police commander, without a full nomination – we heard from the Ministry of the Interior and Administration.
On Monday, Radio Zet journalists announced that Szymczyk’s farewell ceremony would take place on Tuesday. This information appeared in a message sent by police officers across the country via instant messaging. It reads in full as follows: “Tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room on Domaniewska Street there will be a ceremonial farewell to the uniform and the retirement of Inspector General Jarosław Szymczyk – Commander-in-Chief of the Police. Superintendent Dariusz Zięba – commander of the Anti-Terrorist Operations Bureau retires on December 15, 2023. 16 of the most important officers leave with him.
However, according to our information, Szymczyk’s farewell ceremony at the headquarters is not planned for Tuesday.
As we have checked, a videoconference with provincial police commanders and their deputies is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m., but this does not differ from the weekly routine.
Questions about the date of General Szymczyk’s departure, as well as whether it will be done with police ceremonies, were asked by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Paweł Głosernaker. He referred us to his press office. We sent questions, but by the time of publication we had not received an answer.
General Jarosław Szymczyk, the longest-serving police chief in history, took over the helm of this 120,000-strong formation in April 2016, largely by accident. His predecessor – by contrast, the shortest serving police commander – Colonel Zbigniew Maj, removed all generals from service, except Szymczyk. When Maj was recalled, in an atmosphere of scandal and suspicion, Szymczyk, as the only general in service, was a natural candidate. He worked with five interior ministers: Mariusz BłaszczakJoachim Brudziński, Elżbieta WitekMariusz Kamiński and Paweł Głosernaker.
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