Kuba Jałoszyński, Police Academy in Szczytno, Poland

Jacek Bil, Police Academy in Szczytno, Poland

Kidnapping for ransom is an act of criminal terror associated with deprivation of liberty, infringement of the inviolability of the person, mental abuse, or even the killing of the hostage. Actions taken by law enforcement agencies provide a range of legal solutions for preventing and combating this crime. The Authors point out the inability in Poland of using marksmen as an effective means of protecting the life and health of an abducted person. The Authors present legislative solutions applicable in some countries that allow a marksman to be used in police operations. The methodology for law enforcement procedures in situations involving the abduction of people for ransom that has been developed in Poland does not include the possibility of using the measure specified. Studies in this field of research indicate, however, that legislative changes allowing for the possibility to make a decision about the use of a rescue shot should be considered. Arguments by opponents to any change in the current position, citing the impossibility of applying this method (a police officer cannot decide about the life of the offender), are unfounded and result from ignorance in respect of procedures for utilising a rescue shot.