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    Polish Border Guard Celebrates 33 Years of Service and Excellence

    Today, May 16, the Polish Border Guard (Straż Graniczna) celebrates its anniversary, commemorating its pivotal role in safeguarding the nation’s borders, managing border traffic, and combating illegal migration. This year’s observance is particularly meaningful as it honours the unwavering service of its personnel since the formation began operations on May 16, 1991.

    Established by legislation on October 12, 1990, the Polish Border Guard has become an integral part of national security, monitoring over 3,500 kilometres of Poland’s borders. Significantly, nearly 1,600 kilometres of these borders form the external boundary of the European Union. The force is comprised of approximately 14,500 officers, supported by around 3,000 civilian staff members.

    Comprehensive Structure and Responsibilities of the Polish Border Guard Units

    The Border Guard’s structure includes the Main Headquarters, the Internal Affairs Bureau, and nine regional units: Warmińsko-Mazurski, Podlaski, Nadbużański, Bieszczadzki, Karpacki, Śląski, Nadodrzański, Morski, and Nadwiślański. Each unit has distinct responsibilities: Warmińsko-Mazurski, Podlaski, Nadbużański, and Bieszczadzki guard the EU’s external land border; Karpacki, Śląski, and Nadodrzański are positioned along the internal borders; Morski oversees both the sea border and an external land section; and Nadwiślański operates domestically within the country.

    Polish Border Guard Advances Training and Honors Officers on 33rd Anniversary

    To ensure continuous training and skill enhancement, the Polish Border Guard established the Higher Border Guard School in Koszalin last year. Additionally, two training centres in Kętrzyn and Lubań provide further education and development for the force.

    In celebration of this year’s anniversary, numerous officers have been promoted to higher ranks. More than 170 officers in the officer corps, nearly 740 in the warrant officer corps, and over 1,000 in the non-commissioned officer corps have received promotions, acknowledging their dedication and service to the country.

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