EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Polish police force

Polish police force

Geographic Location

Country: Poland


Sector: Public administration and defence
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
84 - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
Number Employed: 97500

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 20-03-2007
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2007
Planned Job Creation: 7000

Additional Information

The Polish police force is planning to recruit approximately 7,000 new officers in 2007. There are 103,000 full-time positions in the force and no less than 5,500 are presently vacant. The worst situation is in Warsaw, where the police has 680 vacancies, Upper Silesia (646 vacancies), and in Lower Silesia (517 vacancies). This is caused by a massive departure of police officers. Since the beginning of 2007, 1,200 police officers have quit their jobs at the force, citing low salary, sub-standard equipment and working conditions, rampant bureaucracy and organisational chaos.