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Uniformed people in Poland - explanation needed.


wildrover 98 | 4,441  
9 Nov 2008 /  #1
After reading a few posts about Okrona guys in supermarkets i decided to ask advice on something i have not fully understood since i came to Poland...Can one of our Polish experts here please explain to me about the function and powers of the various uniformed people in Poland...The Policja i can figure out , but what about the guys who patrol the towns , the Okrona people , and the guys who stop traffic on the roads , sometimes with military police in attendance...Please explain what these people do , do they have power of arrest etc....I have not had a problem with any of these people so far , but it would be handy to know a bit about them...thanks....
welshguyinpola 23 | 463  
9 Nov 2008 /  #2
The guys who patrol the streets atr the straz miejska (city guard) and they really have no power, they can issue parking tickets and detain till the police come.

A strange thing in Poland is that they have train security who dress in full military camouflage and have nightsticks attached to their waists. Think they need to make these guys feel important or sth.

One thing ive never understood in Poland is why all these uniformed guys incl police tuck their trousers in their boots. It just looks stupid
JustysiaS 13 | 2,239  
9 Nov 2008 /  #3
isn't that what soldiers do?
OP wildrover 98 | 4,441  
9 Nov 2008 /  #4
police tuck their trousers in their boots. It just looks stupid

I suppose for the same reason that soldiers do it...it avoids any risk of catching your trouser bottom on things when running , and makes it easier to put on stuff like riot gear , fireproof suits , or whatever...We discovered in Northern Ireland that having a petrol bomb thrown at your feet when your trousers were not tucked into your boots results in a big flame up your trouser leg...ouch..!
welshguyinpola 23 | 463  
9 Nov 2008 /  #5
ok i know soldiers do it but the police too? They dont do it in UK or USA
gtd 3 | 639  
9 Nov 2008 /  #6
One thing ive never understood in Poland is why all these uniformed guys incl police tuck their trousers in their boots.

Trying to look all bad a$$ special forces or something.

You know I have seen them unloading a bankomat a time or two and they take it VERY seriously. Two guys with body armor, helmets and submachine guns stand in front and to the sides of the machine...two other guys with the same getup and pistols are loading/repairing whatever...and then they withdraw like some GROM/NAVY SEALs into the back of the van and speed away with the blue lights on.

In the US it is usually one old guy with a vintage six shooter and a limp. I guess bankomat theft is a big deal here.
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,099  
9 Nov 2008 /  #7
They dont do it in UK

They don't run in the UK... ;)
JustysiaS 13 | 2,239  
9 Nov 2008 /  #8
the airport staff in Poland wear military camouflage as well, don't they? the ones that check luggage and passports.
welshguyinpola 23 | 463  
9 Nov 2008 /  #9
They don't run in the UK... ;

They dont run in Poland, in fact I saw them 'chase' a man tru a shopping centre fo about 30 secs then they called in to the station and said they 'lost' him. It was a joke

Believe me PD the UK doesnt do things that badly, and Poland doesnt do things that well. Wait till u live here, u'll see
gtd 3 | 639  
9 Nov 2008 /  #10
the airport staff in Poland wear military camouflage as well, don't they? the ones that check luggage and passports.

I think they are a militarized version of Customs and Immigration. And they have some BABES working there. Nothing like a girl in a uniform and carrying a gun to get the blood flowing. I have been tempted a time or two to do a runner just to get wrestled to the ground by one of them ;)
PolskaDoll 28 | 2,099  
9 Nov 2008 /  #11
Believe me PD the UK doesnt do things that badly, and Poland doesnt do things that well. Wait till u live here, u'll see

I used to think that until I called the police one night when a group of 5 boys trashed a woman in my streets garden and I called the police. I said, a woman in my street has had her garden trashed by 5 young males and now they are harassing her in the street. The 999er said "are they physically attacking her" and I said "not yet" and they said "so it's not an emergency." I replied that it pretty much was because she is in her 80's and I was about to hang up and go out to get her and they asked me name and I said "why is that important?" and they said they needed a name to dispatch an emergency vehicle and I said "but Crimestoppers says you don't need to provide your name and address."

I'm still waiting on the Police to arrive on that one by the way and that was four years ago. When I contacted them to ask about the lack of response they said they'd done drive-bys. So I told them I must have missed that while I was waiting in casualty with the woman and hung up.
JustysiaS 13 | 2,239  
9 Nov 2008 /  #12
Nothing like a girl in a uniform and carrying a gun to get the blood flowing. I have been tempted a time or two to do a runner just to get wrestled to the ground by one of them ;)

disgraceful. some of them might be pretty, but they never smile and always seem to be quite miserable and angry. i suspect they might be lesbians.
OP wildrover 98 | 4,441  
9 Nov 2008 /  #13
Nothing like a girl in a uniform and carrying a gun

Mmmm just had a warm feeling...remembering the customs lady that checked out out our convoy of aid in Belarus , that was destined for a kids home...The lady had full Russian miliary uniform , an ak47 , and she was stunning looking...She was more than happy to give me her address and phone number , but during the unloading of the aid at another location...the bit of paper with her number one blew away....a tradgedy of epic proportions....
gtd 3 | 639  
9 Nov 2008 /  #14
disgraceful. some of them might be pretty, but they never smile and always seem to be quite miserable and angry. i suspect they might be lesbians.

Well in that case I need to see two of them wrestling in a mud pit. Adapt and overcome ;)
polishcanuck 7 | 462  
9 Nov 2008 /  #15
disgraceful. some of them might be pretty, but they never smile and always seem to be quite miserable and angry. i suspect they might be lesbians.

I disagree. I absolutely love talking to those hotties in military uniform at the airport and can always get them to laugh. Maybe it's a female vs female issue in your case... :)
polishgirltx  
9 Nov 2008 /  #16
They dont do it in USA

well, a police officer on a motorcycle wears boots, so there you go... ;)

it's also adviced to have a very short hair... and when a cop is running after a criminal, he holds on to his gun which slows him down, don't you think...
OP wildrover 98 | 4,441  
9 Nov 2008 /  #17
a police officer on a motorcycle wears boots,

For the same reason the others do it...catching your trouser leg on a part of the bike if you crash means getting to slide a whole lot further down the road..more gravel rash....

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