Don’t serve in the secret services. And trust no one
Jaroslav Lamr was born on 22 January 1950 in the Nymburk district. His mother worked in agriculture, his father served with the police working at various district departments. He trained to be a carpenter and did his military service with the Border Guard. In 1971 he joined the 5th department of the Federal Interior Ministry whose competence was ensuring security of public officials. In 1973 he transferred to the secret police department in Příbram. His work there consisted of collecting data on foreign nationals arriving in the district and their contacts with Czechoslovak citizens. He followed the locals’ contacts with their relatives or acquaintances living abroad. His task was to expose foreign spies. Initially, he expected the work for the secret police to be an adventure but the longer he stayed there, the more disappointed he was. In 1984 he changed the secret police for a regular police, feeling that it makes more sense to work on investigation of robberies, theft and other crimes. After the November 1989 revolution he witnessed the burning of secret police documents in the Příbram district. He had left the police corps upon his own request and began working in the newly-established federal Bureau for the Protection of the Constitution and Democracy. Soon after, the bureau was once again dissolved. As a former secret police agent he could no longer find a job with the police, or with the intelligence. He had therefore worked as a forest worker for fourteen years until reaching retirement age.