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Achievements

In the course of the works of the Polish Platform for Homeland Security it has been possible to equip the different institutions responsible for public security with about a dozen information technology tools that have been handed over to the final users (mostly the Police and the Border Guard) under gratuitous license contracts.


The list of the PPBW’s successes certainly includes the preparation and presentation to the Polish Parliament of the draft amendment to the Act on immunity witness. The academic circles, but mostly practitioners, were involved in its preparation. Their huge contribution and constructive approach made it possible to create an effective tool to fight organized crime, which has become a permanent part of the Polish legal system. The amendment was adopted on 22 July 2006 (Journal of Laws no. 149, item 1078).


The members of the PPBW were the first to discuss the theoretical assumptions of the separation of the institution of the Minister of Justice and the Prosecutor General and prepared the relevant draft laws, which caused a lot of criticism on the part of some political groups. The PPBW has also conducted comprehensive criminological, dogmatic, and comparative-law studies of emerging and contemporary threats to the security of citizens, such as financing of terrorism, as well as of deprivation of the offenders of the fruit of their crimes (art. 44 and 45 of the Penal Code), in particular by suppressing money laundering.


The PPBW was a pioneer in its studies on the theoretical and practical aspects of the use of the institution of Politically Exposed Persons (as defined in art. 2 (1) (1f ) of the Act of 16 November 2000 on Counteracting money laundering and financing of terrorism).


The Platform has also conducted broad innovative survey studies of particularly dangerous convicts in temporary detention and of educators and officers of the Security Office of the Prison Service, as well as studies of the personal files of the convicts (parts A and B).


Currently, works are conducted on products and legal consultations related to the handover of about a dozen new technologies developed in the framework of the Polish Platform for Homeland Security to law enforcement and national security agencies.


It must be emphasized that a part of the works that were started several years ago has not been completed for procedural, legal and organizational reasons. An example is the very important, at least from the constitutional point of view, draft of the Act on operational-reconnaissance activities.


An important outcome of the works conducted in the framework of the PPBW, despite its immeasurable nature, is the creation of a completely apolitical forum for meetings, constructive discussions, sharing of ideas and exchange of opinions by representatives of various representatives of uniformed services, special services, the military, the judiciary, the academia, and the industry.


The technological tools developed in the framework of the PPBW undergo continuous analyses with regards to their use in conformance to the applicable laws, in particular to the safeguarding of civil rights and liberties. This is why representatives of the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Tribunal, the Inspector General for Personal Data Protection, the Human Rights Defender, and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights are invited to participate in discussions on development of new technologies for law enforcement and security agencies.


In the opinion of the Polish Association of the Blind, the Polish Platform for Homeland Security is the only organization in Poland that conducts coordinated work on the so-called dual-use technologies taking advantage of technologies dedicated to the Ministry of Interior to develop tools for blind and visually-impaired persons to help improve their safety.