Joining forces against cross-border crime
With Norwegian support, Poland is preparing to face the challenges posed by organised crime at the Schengen border.
After Poland's accession to the EU, its border became one of the longest stretches of external land border guarded by a single member state. Through collaborative efforts with Norwegian police, an €8.8 million project will now provide police units located near the eastern and northern border of Poland with modern equipment and technology to improve border controls. The project will enable the police to purchase state-of-the-art vehicles and technology, including off-road scooters and cars with mobile terminals, sea patrolling vessels, prison vans and buses, mobile command stations and vehicle stopping nets.
Speaking at the project's launch event in Warsaw 16 September 2008, commander in chief of the Polish police Mr Andrzej Matejuk underlined that the funds will supply the Polish police with much-needed resources. "I am certain that this equipment will contribute to a more efficient fight against crime," said Matejuk.
The project is one of several Polish-Norwegian partnership projects targeting Schengen cooperation, and according to Matejuk, the bilateral police cooperation is highly appreciated. Margrethe Christine Bjonge, head of the Norwegian police's project for cooperation under the Norway Grants is also pleased with how the partnerships are coming along. "As crime gets more and more sophisticated, it is crucial that the police are adequately equipped. Criminals of today know no borders, so it is equally crucial that the international police cooperation works," she said.
Around 15% of the Norway Grants are earmarked projects to promote the implementation of the Schengen agreement. So far, Norwegian support to strengthen the capacity of police- and custom authorities in Poland amounts to more than €80 million. The Norwegian police is an active participant and partner in six of these projects.
Improvement of border Police units’ equipment in the area of combating cross-border crime, organized crime and illegal migration
Schengen and judiciary
Type & project assistance:
Commander In-Chief of the Police
Type of institution:
Grant agreement date:
07 April 2008
The purpose of the Project is to provide the Polish Police units working at the EU's external border with appropriate transport and specialist equipment, with the overall objective of increasing the security of the national territory and of the Schengen area. Reference is made to the application dated 29 August 2007 and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
- procurement of transport equipment: 40 off-road scooters; 35 cars with mobile terminals for access to databases; 66 off-road vehicles for carrying technical support means; 25 off-road passenger vehicles for operations and escort; 8 small prison vans; 4 large prison buses; 51 heavy motorcycles with equipment (two motorcycle suits and two communication sets for each motorcycle); 1 sea vessel for the Municipal Police Command in Gdansk;
- procurement of 8 mobile command stations for support during actions and operations;
- procurement of specialised equipment: 10 sets of transportable tactical searchlights; 7 sets to lighten intervention sites for sapper and pyrotechnics teams; 1717 light bullet-proof jackets; and
- procurement and installation of 90 digital phone exchanges.
The Project Promoter is the Commander in Chief of the Police. The Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Norwegian National Police Commissioner.
The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter provides at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible Project costs.