Urząd Ochrony Państwa

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Office of State Protection
Urząd Ochrony Państwa
UOP
Agency overview
Formed1990
Preceding
Dissolved2002
Superseding agencies
JurisdictionPoland
HeadquartersWarsaw
Agency executive
  • Andrzej Barcikowski
Parent agencyMinistry of Interior

Urząd Ochrony Państwa (Polish pronunciation: [ˈuʐɔnt ɔˈxrɔnɨ ˈpaɲstfa]; Office of State Protection[1]) or UOP was the intelligence agency of Poland from 1990 to 2002, when it was split into two new agencies.

Foundation[edit]

The UOP was founded on April 6, 1990, as a department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Krzysztof Kozłowski served as the UOP's first chief from 1990 to 1992.[2] In 1996 UOP was transformed into a separate government agency under the supervision of the Prime Minister. It was responsible for intelligence, counter-intelligence and government electronic security, including telephone wiretaps.

Reasons for formation[edit]

The UOP replaced the communist-era Służba Bezpieczeństwa (SB), I Departament People's Republic of Poland Ministry of Internal Affairs – intelligence, II Departament People's Republic of Poland Ministry of Internal Affairs – counter-intelligence, whose responsibilities had additionally included the suppression of opposition to the government prior to 1989.

Agency split[edit]

In June 2002, the agency was split into two separate entities – Agencja Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego (Internal Security Agency), which deals with internal security of the country, and Agencja Wywiadu (Intelligence Agency), which deals with foreign intelligence.

UOP Chiefs[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Słownik procedur parlamentarnych, Kancelaria Sejmu, ISBN 83-909381-0-3, p. 401
  2. ^ "Krzysztof Kozłowski nie żyje. Rozwiązał służbę bezpieczeństwa, milicję zmienił w policję". Gazeta Wyborcza. 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-04-01.

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