One hundred police counter-terrorists, prepared to act in crisis situations, will be sent to the Polish-Belarusian border. They will help officers and soldiers to strengthen the protection of the eastern border of Poland and the European Union against provocations by the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, informed the spokesman of the Police Headquarters, Insp. Mariusz Ciarka.
“Heavy service at the border” – we read in a tweet of the Polish police, published on Friday night. “We protect the European and Polish border, and the regime’s services are provoking all the time. Together, we are doing everything to ensure that it is safe, there is peace and a peaceful weekend” – stated in the entry.
In addition, from Friday evening to Saturday until At 7.30 am, no new information on the situation on the border with Belarus appeared on the official channels of the Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Interior and Administration and the Border Guard, and no new photos or recordings were published.
When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information. Journalists have no access to the area covered by the state of emergency.
Since September 2, due to the migratory pressure, a state of emergency has been in force in 183 towns in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces adjacent to the border with Belarus. A dam is to be built on the border with Belarus in the first half of 2022.
Ciarka about training police counter-terrorists
The Polish services on the border with Belarus have been put on high alert, about 15,000 officers are on the spot. The Border Guard is assisted by policemen and soldiers, including the 16th mechanized division and the 18th so-called Iron Division. There are also the Territorial Defense Forces as part of the Strong Support operation. Now, as Ciarka announced, they will also be joined by a hundred police counter-terrorists who have undergone special training for this purpose.
The spokesman of the KGP emphasized that among the hundred police counter-terrorists who will go to the eastern border there are also those who have undergone training in battlefield medicine and for over a week have participated in the training on counter-terrorist negotiations, which took place recently in Wieliczka and in Krakow. – The training was attended by officers of the CPKP (Central Counter-terrorist Sub-unit of the Police – ed.) “BOA”, SPKP (Independent Counter-terrorist Sub-units of the Police – ed.) And police instructors from the NYPD (USA), RAID and BRI (France) – the inspector said.
– Police negotiators, like other officers of counter-terrorist units, constantly take part in training courses and specialist courses organized both in the country and abroad. This time, instructors from France and the USA came to the capital of Małopolska, who trained officers from the negotiation section of the Central Counter-Terrorism Unit of the Police “BOA” – explained the policeman, adding that these were the first exercises of this type organized by the Polish police.
The classes were divided into two parts. – During the first four days, the instructors discussed the case study of the situation in their countries. They also presented models of actions taken in hostage situations, developed in the units they represented, he emphasized. – The aim of this part of the exercises was not only to exchange experiences and compare the binding negotiation procedures, but above all to develop a model of action when solving potential hostage situations, for example in public buildings – he said.
He noted that for the next three days, the officers had practical training, which took place, among others, in one of the hotels located in the center of Krakow and in one of the galleries located in the city. – Every day and night means new assumptions and more and more difficult activities. The scenarios for all simulations carried out were largely based on French and New York experience. Officers from the SPKP KWP in Krakow assisted in their creation – he said. – According to the assumption, each element of the exercises was to be a surprise for the participants. The instructors wanted the trainees to be able to prove themselves in situations that are as close to real activities as possible. During the hours of simulations, specialized equipment was used, including pyrotechnic work – he revealed.
He said that a total of 20 police counter-terrorists from CPKP “BOA” and SPKP from Wrocław, Warsaw and Łódź participated in the training, which lasted over a week. – These exercises were part of a project called “Developing mechanisms to respond to terrorist events by the BOA of the KGP”, which is co-financed by the European Union from the funds of the National Internal Security Fund Program “- he said.
As part of the same project, police counter-terrorists from “BOA” and from all SPKP in the country also trained in the field of battlefield medicine. – The purpose of these exercises was to improve the skills of providing first aid in combat conditions. The training was organized based on the international TC3 guidelines. Counterterrorists improved the techniques and sequence of performing individual life-saving pre-hospital procedures, including dressing wounds resulting from gunshots, explosions or burns. This type of training has been conducted in the Polish police for several years “- he emphasized. – added a spokesman for KGP.
Crisis on the border
On Friday morning, the spokeswoman for the Podlasie Border Guard Unit, Maj. Katarzyna Zdanowicz, announced that the number of migrants has already increased to over a thousandwho camp on the Belarusian side near the Polish border near Kuźnica. The migrant camp was established there on Monday. At that time, the Border Guard estimated them at around 800.
Since the beginning of November, SG has recorded approx. 4.5 thousand. attempts to illegally cross the border from Belarus to Poland. The spokesman of the POSG emphasized on Friday that the attempts were made along the entire section of the border, and this is not changed by the fact that there is one large encampment near Kuźnica. “Attempts are made by both smaller and larger groups of several dozen people,” said Zdanowicz.
From September 2, due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus in 183 localities in the voivodeship In Podlasie and Lublin regions, a state of emergency is in force. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. On September 30, the Seym agreed to extend the state of emergency for 60 days, and a day later the president’s decree in this matter was published
Main photo source: Twitter / Polish Police