Ministry of Interior (Poland)

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Ministry of the Interior
Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych
Polish Governmental and Diplomatic Plaque.png
Official governmental wall plaque
Logo MSW RP.png
Ministerial logotype
Agency overview
Formed 17 November 1918
Headquarters ul. Stefana Batorego 5, Warsaw
Agency executive
Parent agency Council of Ministers
Website www.msw.gov.pl
The seat of the ministry on Stefan Batory Street, Warsaw.

The Ministry of the Interior (Polish: Ministerstwo Spraw Wewnętrznych, MSW) is an administrative structure responsible for internal security, law enforcement, civil defence and registry functions in Poland. The current ministry was formed on 18 November 2011, when after the parliamentary election of 9 October 2011 there was a call to restructure the then Ministry of Interior and Administration, from which it was split. In late 2015 it was folded back to Ministry of Interior and Administration.

The last minister was Mariusz Błaszczak.

History and function[edit]

The ministry was founded in 1918. It has gone through several reforms, including partial splits and mergers, throughout its history.

The post of Minister of the Interior is one of the most important cabinet positions in Poland,[1] According to the directive of the 'President of Council of Ministers' (Prime Minister) from the 18th of November 2011, the Minister of the Interior is responsible for:

While the ministry of the Interior supervises police forces, it does not supervise criminal enquiries; criminal enquiries are conducted under the supervision of the judiciary.

The ministry's seat is located on Stefan Batory Street, south of Warsaw's city centre and in the governmental district which surrounds the Belweder. The Ministry can be referred to by its initials 'MSW'.

Ministers of the Interior (since 1989)[edit]

Political Party:   PO   PiS   SLD   UW   PZPR   SDPL

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Party Term of Office Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
2008.06.22. Krzysztof Kozlowski Fot Mariusz Kubik 01.JPG Krzysztof Kozłowski
(1931-2013)
Nonpartisan 6 July 1990 14 December 1990 Tadeusz Mazowiecki
(Mazowiecki)
No portrait-BFD-test.svg Henryk Majewski
(1951–)
Nonpartisan 12 January 1991 5 December 1991 Jan Krzysztof Bielecki
(Bielecki)
Antoni Macierewicz.jpg Antoni Macierewicz
(1948–)
Christian National Union 23 December 1991 5 June 1992 Jan Olszewski
(Olszewski)
No portrait-BFD-test.svg Andrzej Milczanowski
(1939–)
Nonpartisan 11 July 1992 22 December 1995 Hanna Suchocka
(Suchocka)
Waldemar Pawlak
(Pawlak II)
No portrait-BFD-test.svg Jerzy Konieczny
(1950-)
Nonpartisan 29 December 1995 26 January 1996 Józef Oleksy
(Oleksy)
No portrait-BFD-test.svg Zbigniew Siemiątkowski
(1957–)
Democratic Left Alliance 15 February 1996 4 February 1997 Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
(Cimoszewicz)
For ministers of the interim Ministry of Interior and Administration (1997-2011) see: Ministers of Internal Affairs and Administration
Jacek Cichocki.jpg Jacek Cichocki
(1971-)
Nonpartisan 18 November 2011 25 February 2013 Donald Tusk
(Tusk II)
DSC 0086 MSW Sienkiewicz.JPG Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz
(1961-)
Nonpartisan 25 February 2013 22 September 2014 Donald Tusk
(Tusk II)
Teresa Piotrowska.jpg Teresa Piotrowska
(1955-)
Civic Platform 22 September 2014 16 November 2015 Ewa Kopacz
(Kopacz)
Mariusz Błaszczak Sejm 2015 02.JPG Mariusz Błaszczak
(1955-)
Law and Justice 16 November 2015 Incumbent Beata Szydło
(Szydło)

Other officeholders[edit]

Ministers of Internal Affairs of the Second Republic of Poland[edit]

Ministers of Public Security[edit]

Ministers of Internal Affairs of People's Republic of Poland[edit]

Ministers of Internal Affairs and Administration of the Third Republic of Poland[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The MSW is the equivalent to the Interior Ministry of other countries, the Home Office of the United Kingdom, or similar to a combination of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security (United States).