Government backs new security service bill
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland's conservative government has approved an interior ministry bill to replace the Government Protection Bureau (BOR) with a more powerful State Protection Service (SOP).
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański.
The new security detail for Poland's political VIPs and envoys posted abroad is to be better equipped to deal with current threats to safety – such as international terrorism – and irons out BOR's problems found in a 2015 audit.
According to the government-backed bill, SOP is to also have new tasks, such as fighting crimes against the Polish state and gathering intelligence, thanks to which “SOP will not be dependent on information gained by other services, which will benefit its speed and efficiency,” a government statement said.
SOP's commander is to be authorised to decide the level of protection someone needs and could issue weapons to staff securing foreign delegations. (vb/pk)