As a part of the 2021 ICAO Year of Security Culture (YOSC), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Poland (CAA) carried out numerous activities to promote a security culture in civil aviation.
First of all, YOSC coincided in Poland with the adoption of important amendments to national legal acts, which set common ground for the creation of harmonized security culture mechanisms within aviation entities:
• Regulation on the National Civil Aviation Security Programme https://dziennikustaw.gov.pl/D2021000001701.pdf
• Regulation on detailed requirements for civil aviation security programs https://dziennikustaw.gov.pl/D2021000123001.pdf
• Regulation on the National Training Programme in the scope of civil aviation security https://dziennikustaw.gov.pl/D2021000152601.pdf
YOSC has been the opportunity to establish closer cooperation with the Terrorism Prevention Centre of Excellence (TPCoE) – a branch of the Internal Security Agency responsible for building counterterrorism awareness in society. In order to improve mechanisms of counteracting radicalism and terrorist threats.
The CAA, aviation entities, Polish academic centers, law enforcement agencies including TPCoE organized a number of workshops, trainings, seminars and conferences for the management and employees of the aviation entities. The CAA has distributed within aviation community many interesting materials prepared by the TPCoE, for example publicly available brochure addressing issues of radicalization (Terrorism Prevention Brochure)
Aviation community consistently made great efforts to create security culture based on the amended legal acts, guidance materials, information from workshops and their own experiences and initiatives.
From the beginning of 2021, activities creating a security culture covered - to a different extent - 185 Polish aviation entities.