Police chiefs to meet ahead of World Cup

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Rustenburg - Police chiefs of the 32 nations participating in the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup will gather in Zurich next month, to exchange security information ahead of the month-long tourney. .

The teams' security officers will also attend a two-day meeting on 4 March at FIFA's headquarters in Zurich.

"For the first time in the history of an International Federation, we will have a meeting with chiefs of police of the 32 nations that qualified for the World Cup, plus the security officers of these teams. All in all we will have 90 people attending this meeting," said FIFA General Secretary, Jerome Valcke on Tuesday.

He said regular meetings have been held between the South African Police Services and police from other parts of the world.

"We felt that it was important to bring together the chiefs of police and security officers of the teams to exchange information on security issues.

"On the first day of the meeting, there will be a working day between the teams' law enforcement and FIFA, while on the last day, the 2010 Local Organising Committee will interact with the chiefs of police and security officers," he said.

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