Police out in full force to ensure World Cup safety

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pretoria - More than 40 000 South African Police Service (SAPS) members will be deployed to all nine host cities during the 2010 FIFA World Cup to ensure the safety of soccer fans and the teams.

The police will also be deployed to all ports of entry, airports, sea ports and all 54 land ports.

According to police, the security plan would also address any form of terrorist acts.

Earlier this year, the SAPS presented the country's security plans for the World Cup to police representatives and chiefs of security of the 32 participating countries during a two-day workshop held in Zurich.

Police will also be deployed to camps, hotels and stadia where the marches will be staged.

New police units with specialized training have been established and members would be deployed in all the host cities and they will be assisted by local Metro Police units.

Police spokesperson Sally de Beer, told BuaNews that all police officers who will be deployed had received specialized training in various areas such as crowd control.

"We are confident that security during the World Cup is enough," said de Beer.

She said the police officers will be deployed for the entire duration of the world cup.
The National Joint Operational Centre (NATJOC) of South Africa's security forces became fully operational last month at the country's capital city.

All security operations relating to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including the close protection of the 32 teams and the FIFA family, as well as various visiting heads of state and dignitaries, policing at ports of entry, route security, inner city security, stadium security, air and maritime defence and general crime prevention duties will be commanded from the NATJOC.

According to de Beer, neighbouring countries had also deployed some of their police officers in the country to assist with security issues.

"They had already started working and everything so far is going smoothly," she said.

The SAPS is the lead department of the NATJOINTS, but the support and assistance of all partners and role players will ensure that security is optimal at all venues and that law enforcement is visible without being intrusive.

An international police cooperation centre has also been established at a venue in Pretoria at which police officials from various playing and neighbouring countries are being hosted and will perform duties in support of the SAPS.

Representatives from several neighbouring countries in the Southern African region have also arrived and reported for duty at the International Police Cooperation Centre.