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Chief Police Commander Marek Boroń and national prosecutor Dariusz Korneluk went to the Polish-Belarusian border on Saturday, said KGP spokeswoman Katarzyna Nowak. Boroń emphasized that he “stands behind” the policemen and will support them. – If there are situations that are unclear regarding the use of means, they will certainly be considered in the same way as the conditions in which police officers have to repel these attacks today – said the commander.

The Chief Commander of the Police met on Saturday with policemen who have been on duty since June 4 in the area directly next to the Polish border with Belarus.

As the inspector said Marek Boroń to journalists at a briefing in Narewka (Podlaskie), the purpose of the visit was to learn about the working conditions of services at the border and to determine the conditions of cooperation with the army and border guard. – If there are situations that are unclear regarding the use of means, they will certainly be considered in the same way as the conditions in which police officers have to repel these attacks today – assured the police chief. He emphasized that he “stands behind” the policemen and will support them.

Boroń recalled that due to the escalation of the situation at the border since Friday, police officers have been carrying personal weapons, but he noted that they also have smoothbore weapons and all the necessary means of direct coercion. – These are officers who work every day in compact subunits. We are here to counter these attacks, which have intensified in recent days. The officers' equipment is adequate to the situation, he added.

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Border guard and army training

He informed that training had begun – for Border Guard officers and soldiers – in activities in which compact police units specialize. They are carried out not only at the border, but also in prevention units in the interior of the country.

– We, using these means of direct coercion, act in battle formation, therefore there are more of us, we go directly to the place where there is an attempt to cross the border and we use these means appropriately to the situation. Therefore, we teach soldiers and border guard officers the same – said the commander. He added that the effectiveness of such actions is visible. He assured that police officers will be at the border until the situation stabilizes there. – We analyze each case and these actions are primarily aimed at repelling these attacks. Fully aware that they may be inspired by the Belarusian special services, Boroń said.

Attacks on the border

The spokeswoman for the Police Headquarters emphasized that police officers deal with attacks and aggression from migrants. “Every day, police officers successfully prevent attempts by numerous groups of migrants to illegally cross the border by force. Every day there are serious incidents during which officers are forced to use direct coercive measures in the form of hand-held gas and pepper throwers,” she said. She added that police cars were damaged by stones and branches thrown at them.

Since Tuesday, June 4, there are additionally over 250 policemen on the Polish-Belarusian border, mainly from prevention units, but also police officers from the so-called traffic police, dog guides and counter-terrorist units. In total, there are approximately 370 officers from various services serving there.

Buffer zone at the border with BelarusMichał Zieliński/PAP

Recently border guards reports almost every day about aggressive behavior of migrants behind the steel barrier on the border with Belarus. Most often, it involves throwing stones and branches at Polish services.

1,190 warning shots since the beginning of the year

The weekend “Rzeczpospolita” reported – citing data from the Ministry of Defense – that from the beginning of this year to June 6, Polish soldiers fired 1,190 warning shots on the Polish-Belarusian border.

The army informs – writes “Rz” – that so far only once has a migrant been injured as a result of using weapons near the border. It happened in November 2023 near Lake Toppilo. The military was chasing a group of migrants, one of the soldiers allegedly fired a warning shot, and the ricochet injured a fleeing Syrian who was taken to hospital.

Main photo source: Michał Zieliński/PAP



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