On 27 August, Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol and Paulina Filipowiak, Director of the International Police Cooperation Bureau of the Polish State Police opened an exhibition to mark the centenary of the Polish State Police. Europol has enjoyed long and close cooperation with Poland. Ms De Bolle was pleased to speak at the opening of the exhibition, which features items from the past 100 years of Polish policing.
The exhibition, presented at Europol’s headquarters not only demonstrates the establishment of the Polish State Police 100 years ago but also shows the evolution of their investigative work, capturing police service in the first two decades of the 20th century.
A special focus is given to women in the Polish police service. In the 1920s the Polish State Police was a pioneer in establishing the Women’s Police Section which dealt with trafficking of human beings, prostitution and offences by minors. Stanislawa Paleolog was the first female section head and gained worldwide recognition. A meeting room at Europol’s headquarters is named in her honour.
The exhibition, which is under the honorary patronage of the Commissioner General of the Polish National Police, Jarosław Szymczyk, is a tribute to all police servants who ensure our safety and security.