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09 October 2013

Public security and safety of citizens are tasks which are expected to be safeguarded by the state. It is not an easy mission itself and it becomes even more difficult during the major events with massive concentration of people. Recent changes in the society when the financial and existential uncertainty has a great impact on radicalisation of people who do not see any hope in near future, has made this issue more actual. Therefore the professionals from the EU and Interpol had an opportunity to meet in the Czech Republic to exchange their knowledge and best practice in this field during the CEPOL Course 38/2013 Public Order – Security during Major Events – Public Private Partnerships – Step 2 which was held between 24 and 27 September. The two step activity was organised jointly with the Police School in Katowice (Poland) which hosted Step 1 in May 2013. The Step 2 was prepared in cooperation of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, Directorate of the Service of the Public Order Police, Special Riot Unit of the Regional Police Headquarters of the South Moravian Region with huge support of the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Europol.

Thirty practitioners form twenty one EU Member States and Interpol had an opportunity to further develop knowledge they gained during their career and Step 1 in Poland. On Tuesday they were introduced to the issues of Low Profile and Hard Profile Policing by Mr Aleš Pila? (the Czech Republic), this information was supplemented with presentations of Mr Martin Kory?anský on Anti-Conflict Teams (ACT) in the Czech Republic followed by Mr Jakub Gorczynski (Poland) with polish experience with ACT. The problematic of Low and Hard Profile Policing was further elaborated by Mr Bernd Günther (Germany) and Mr Wim van Oorschot (the Netherlands) with information on Flexible Public Order Policing. All acquired information was used during the group work which filled the Tuesday afternoon. The participants were split into three groups led by Mr Jakub Gorczynski, Mr Nick Keane (the United Kingdom) and Mr Aleš Pila? and their tasks were to plan security measures based on a given scenario. The aim of the task was to exchange the best practices and identify potential problems based on different national legislations. The preparation was used during Wednesday when the participants had an opportunity to participate in the joint training of the Public Order Units and Special Riot Units of the Morava Region. The topic of the practical exercise was the same as the scenario of the group work. During the day, the participants were informed about the idea of the Integrated Rescue System and its use and cooperation during Major Events. Based on the pre-course preparation, they could share their own national experience. Thursday started with the debriefing of the previous day and with presentations of the results of the group work.  This was very beneficial for all audience, because it brought together different approaches in one solution. The fruitful day continued with information on the Use of Social Media during Major Events by Mr Nick Keane, Planning and Safety Measures during Transportation of Dangerous Substances by Mr Uwe Albers (Germany) and the possibilities of the Public Private Partnerships were disclosed by Mr Dan Bodal Warming (Danemark). The whole course was concluded with presentations on cooperation between the police and private sector during the safeguarding security during sport events and the role of Europol during the major events.

The activity was highly appreciated by the participants. Key factor of the success of the course was that the participants already knew each other form Step 1 and they had an opportunity to continue discussions and sharing of experience. Step 3 would be highly appreciated by all.

Generally, very welcomed by the participants was the group work and participation at the practical exercise. “All the different topics were found beneficial for my professional career, especially the workgroup sessions where the organization and handling of a demonstration was prepared and afterwards exposed and analyzed to the whole group.” It was also stated by the participants: “I believe that (knowledge gained) would be ideal for updates in the legislation of each country regarding the matter and most important to standardize operations for better joint operations. “ Some participants welcomed that they “got a lot of important information which (they will) try to adapt to (their) work. “ Attendees also appreciated that: “Very valuable was to meet different colleagues from different countries who work at this field and it was good to share their experiences. In general I was very pleased to participate at this training and I hope there will be also some other similar opportunity in the future.”

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