President thanks police for their service during pandemic

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During Saturday ceremonies in Warsaw marking Police Day, President Andrzej Duda thanked Polish police officers for their actions in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

Duda noted that the Polish police have taken more than 11 million measures to control people in quarantine. "Over 150,000 interventions, over 300,000 checks of various types of means of transport," he said. In the president's opinion the number of actions taken by the police officers shows "their commitment, effort and conscientiousness."

"The police officer's pledge was perfectly fulfilled in this difficult time," Duda said.

According to the president, police work enjoys public trust. He pointed out that over 80 percent of Polish citizens believe that the police officers perform their job well, and 71 percent declare trust in the police forces.

The Saturday events were attended by Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski, his deputy Maciej Wasik, and the commander in chief of the Polish Police Jaroslaw Szymczyk.

Police Day is celebrated in Poland on July 24. On this day in 1919, the country's state police force was set up by the Sejm, or lower house of parliament. During communist times, the force was called Citizens' Militia. On April 6, 1990, the name "police" was reinstated.