The issue of cybercrime was the thematic basis of the Polish Police delegation’s trip to the USA and Canada. Delegates – chaired by the Deputy Police Commander in Chief, Chief Inspector Paweł Dobrodziej – they have established new and tightened current ties of cooperation with American and Canadian centers for fighting cybercrime. 

Cybercrime is one of the largest and most dynamically developing threats to security – both private and public. Effective fight against this phenomenon is possible only when law enforcement agencies are equal to cybercriminals, both in terms of competence and technological potential. Fighting cybercrime should be based on limiting the effects of its impact on the society and identifying cyber threats in order to create a safer cyberspace.

Responding to the challenges of the present and flexibly responding to the ever-changing trends in crime, a new specialist entity is established in the Polish Police – the Central Cybercrime Bureau. In the light of the decision to create a new unit, the Polish delegation went to the USA and Canada with the intention of establishing and strengthening cooperation with leading North American centers in the field of combating digital threats.

The map of targets was determined by the American and Canadian centers for combating cybercrime. The delegation visited units within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) structure,
including the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, a hub that links a computer lab and a training center for Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and representatives of other law
enforcement agencies. There was also a meeting with the Director of IC3 – Internet Crime Complaint Center, specializing in receiving, analyzing and responding to reports of Internet crimes. In addition, during a meeting with FBI Field Office Cyber Squad agents.

The officers also met with representatives of the US Secret Service – the US Secret Service, which, apart from protecting the most important people in the country, defends the security and interests of the United States of America, threatened by cybercriminals.

The visit’s agenda also included establishing contact with The National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA ) – the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance Platform – a nonprofit organization established in 2002 by representatives of law enforcement and the private sector and the scientific community.

The visit to Canada is a meeting with the Director and representatives of the specialist Department of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and talks on the methodology of an advanced, unique
training program in combating cybercrime, implemented by the Canadian Police.

During all these meetings, the Polish side as well as the American and Canadian partners exchanged experiences, comments and ideas regarding the effective fight against cybercrime. Strengthening cooperation at the strategic and operational level was declared, as well as readiness to participate in joint training. The capital of knowledge and contacts acquired in this way will serve to strengthen and develop the capabilities of the Polish Police in the fight against digital threats.

During the visits of the Deputy Commander in Chief of the Police, insp. Adam Cieślak – Plenipotentiary of the Police Commander in Chief for the preparation of organizational and legal solutions related to the planned establishment of the Central Cybercrime Bureau (CBZC), insp. Paulina Filipowiak – Director of the International Police Cooperation Office of the KGP and Commander Marcin Bednarz – Cybercrime Liaison Officer at Europol.

The meetings were also attended by the young inspector. Beata Trojanowska – Police Liaison Officer in Washington and Michael Malsch, FBI Attaché at the US Embassy in Warsaw.