Czech authorities to introduce security threat scale
In view of the heightened threat of international terrorism, the Czech prime minister has asked the interior minister for the introduction of a security threat scale that in the event of danger would enable a fast and coordinated response by the country’s security forces and better communication with the public.
“Normally what we have now is that on the first Wednesday of the month there is a test of sirens. They start at midday and it takes about five minutes and I can tell you that the tourists are quite amazed, they do not know what it means, they do not know what to do. And as I said it is important for the public to know if a security threat is declared –that is an important part of the process that such an alert would launch.”
At present only the Czech military has a five point security threat scale that is used within NATO. The interior ministry has nothing similar and the prime minister wants to see one introduced – a scale such as those used in the UK or US –which would define the potential degree of threat as well as measures to be taken by the country’s security forces. Andor Šandor says such a scale would significantly help coordination and communication in the event of danger.
The security threat scale should be agreed on by the end of the year in view of being introduced in early 2016. The public is likely to welcome the initiative. According to a poll conducted by the Median agency two thirds of Czechs say they agree with their leaders that the country is at war against terror.