Polish National Police Visit UNCW and New Hanover County

Monday, March 14, 2005

March 14, 2005

Wilmington, N.C. – The University of North Carolina Wilmington and law enforcement agencies throughout New Hanover County will host six members of the Polish National Police Leadership Team during a two-week visit to the United States beginning March 14. The Polish National Police Leadership Team is participating in the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), a program of the US Department of Justice.

During their visit here, the six Polish police leaders will participate in classroom training with faculty of the university’s criminal justice program. They will also meet with various law enforcement officials, tour local law enforcement facilities including the recently completed New Hanover County Detention Facility, and meet with representatives of the New Hanover/Pender District Attorneys’ Office.

Diane Levy, interim chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, was pleased that the Department of Justice selected UNCW and New Hanover County for this program. “It opens doors between the police community and the university, and it will give the Polish police the opportunity to see how things are actually practiced rather than being purely theoretical. In young democracies, it is important to learn that policing is a public service.”

Nicole Whitaker, program manager for ICITAP responsible for the Poland Program, explained that the US Justice Department operates such training programs in some 40-50 countries around the world. “Based on the needs of the countries involved, we build the curriculum and train the trainers so they can continue the program back home. Ultimately, this helps the United States be able to fight crime and terrorism,” she said.

ICITAP's training and assistance programs are intended to develop professional civilian-based law enforcement institutions that can function in a democracy. Each of the foreign representatives has approximately 25 years of police service, about 10 under former Communist rule. The focus of the program for Poland is community policing. This will be the first of three such programs with Poland.

A press conference and welcoming event was held at UNCW Monday morning March 14 for the delegation of six high-ranking Polish police officials. In addition to Levy and Whitaker, attending the news conference were District Attorney Ben David of Pender and New Hanover County; Major David Stevenson, Major David Smithey, and Capt. Arch Jones of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office; a representative of Wilmington Police Department; UNCW Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo and UNCW University Police Chief David Donaldson.

Also attending was Bob Wadman, professor of criminal justice at Weber State University near Ogden, Utah, and technical advisor for the U. S. Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) which is sponsoring the visit. A former Wilmington Police chief, Wadman was a visiting professor of criminal justice at UNCW during fall semester 2004 and recommended Wilmington to host the Poland study program.

During the second week of their visit, the Polish delegation will visit with Charlotte-Mecklenburg County law enforcement agencies.

For more information, visit www.usdoj.gov/criminal/icitap/upcoming.html.

List of Participants

1. Inspector Andrzej Trela (head of group), Dep. Comm. in Chief of Voivodship HQ, Szczecin

2. Inspector Artur Falkowski, Head of the Prevention Unit, Voivodship HQ, Wroclaw

3. Inspector Andrzej Rynski, Dep. Head of Staff Unit of Voivodship HQ, Bialystok

4. Inspector Piotr Rudnicki, Commander of Metropolitan Unit, Metrop. HQ, Bialystok

5. Inspector Robert Hahn, Commander of the Vth City Unit, Metropolitan HQ, Krakow

6. Dr. Andrzej Pawlowski, Professor in Police Academy on Ethics, Szczytno