Heightened security measures in Prague to last through New Year’s celebrations
The Czech national police force have confirmed that security measures implemented after the recent terrorist attack in Berlin will remain in place through the New Year. The anti-terrorism measures are to supplement standard precautions to deal with countless revellers partying in Prague and across the country.
Jan Čihák is a spokesperson for the Prague Metropolitan Police Service, which is contributing to the overall policing effort coordinated by the Czech police at national level. He described some of the measures implemented for New Year’s Eve:
“Naturally we are increasing our police presence, particularly in the centre of the capital. There we will have more officers in place to help maintain public order. We will also have more officers at Metro stations, particularly at stations where people switch lines where our colleagues from the patrol unit are responsible for public transport safety.”
“All I can say on behalf of the Metropolitan Police is that this year’s operations follow a similar conception plan to those of previous years.”
Other locations are also beefing up their public order efforts. For example, Plzeň region is adding an additional 40 officers to the New Year’s Eve beat. Despite such precautions, Czech police say they have no intelligence regarding a specific threat to the country over the festive period.