Established in 1957, the Wojskowa Sluzba Wewnetrzna (WSW) was essentially a rat squad ferreting out less than politically indoctrinated members of the Polish armed forces.
The WSW was part of the Ministry of Defense and its primary responsibilities included:
- Detection and elimination of espionage activity in the Polish People's Army
- Elimination of detected political sabotage
- Detection and elimination of soldiers who carry out terrorist attacks
- Detection and elimination of officers and soldiers who carry out sabotage in units of the army
- Counterintelligence supervision of the Polish Navy and Air force
- Protection of the Minister of National Defence and his family
- Counterinteligence supervision of factories working for the Ministry of National Defense
- Maintaining discipline in the Polish People's Army [keeping the troops in line no doubt]]
- Conducting investigation of criminial cases in which suspects were members of the Army
- Conducting prosecutions of soldiers who deserted
- Overseeing the recruitment of the Army [must have had a heck of an incentive plan].