| Border Guard Major General Dominik Tracz – Commander-in-Chief of the Border Guard Service 2012-2015, connected with the formation since its creation in 1991. Graduated from the Mechanized Infantry Officer’s School with the specialisation in border protection, obtained a master’s degree in politology (international affairs) at the University of Wrocław and completed postgraduate human resource management studies at the University of Rzeszów.
✪ Took part in numerous courses and international internships, among others:
– 2000/2005: Phare Twinning Project; Germany: France.
– 2012: New York: International Visitor Leadership Program on National Security;
– 2016: Kyiv: International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Ukraine.
✪ Has gone through all levels of the career ladder, from working to managerial positions – chief duty oficer, group leader, deputy commander of a BG Control Post, head of a department in a BG Regional Unit, deputy commander of a BG Regional Unit and commander of a BG Regional Unit, finally achieving the highest position in the BG structure – Commander-in-Chief of the Border Guard Service. He served in three BG Regional Units: Łużycki, Lubuski i Bieszczadzki.
✪ Actively took part in the workings of various teams preparing the strategy of reorganisation of the Polish Border Guard Service due to Poland’s accession to the EU in 2004 and to Schengen Treaty in 2007.
✪ Implemented numerous innovative measures aiming to improve border control, modernise BG structure, as well as to prepare it to face modern challenges, such as illegal imigration and human trafficking.
✪ As a Commander of the Bieszczadzki BG Regional Unit, he co-authored various measures facilitating crossing the Polish-Ukraininan border such as: ONE STOP – joint, simultaneous border control of the Polish and Ukrainian border and custom services, „border stripes” which resulted in smooth and quick border crossing and allowed a greater number of travelers to pass through.
✪ Originator of joint patrols on both sides of the border in cooperation with other EU countries, as well as third countries. Implemented a project of establishing shared Polish-German border facilities.
✪ Co-authored and realised plans to prepare the Service for EURO 2012, during which, for the first time since joining Schengen, Poland temporarily reintroduced border controls on internal borders.
✪ As Commander-in-Chief, he worked on reforming and restructuring the organisation itself to transform it into a leading border-migration service.
✪ Ensured Border Guard’s engagement in international cooperation by, among others, taking part in development of Frontex, engaging BG officials in international missions, implementing Eurosur system and working with Europol.
✪ Situation at Poland’s and EU’s eastern borders and ensuing dangers caused him to take active part in developing rules of cooperation with new command structures in Polish Armed Forces. As a result, in autumn of 2015, Polish parliament introduced an important novelisation of the Border Guard bill which implemented mechanisms of requesting support from the Armed Forces to realise border protection tasks if such support was deemed necessary.