Today, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation General of the Police of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev opened the Center of International Police Cooperation that will be functioning at the premises of the Russian MIA Advanced Training Institute in Domodedovo during the period of the coming FIFA World Cup. The official ceremony was attended by leadership of the Russian MIA and the Russian FSB, representatives of embassies, Organizing Committee “Russia-2018”, FIFA, and deputies of the State Duma.
Welcoming the guests, the Chief of the Russian MIA noted that a high level of athletes, fans and guests' safety is a key to success of the tournament.
Establishment of a temporary management body for international cooperation with foreign police representatives is based on the generally accepted world practice: “Our joint efforts are aimed at minimizing fans' violations in the regions hosting football matches. We will particularly focus on integration of comprehensive measures for safety of all client groups of the championship into a single system. We are expecting a highly professional and meaningful dialog,” stressed the Minister.
The Chief of the Ministry emphasized that Russia does have an experience in public order protection during such large-scale world events. Russia hosted the Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympic Games, the FIFA Confederation Cup, world and European championships in various sports. “We value the current level of police cooperation and understand its important role. Our joint task involves prompt and proper response within the legal framework. I believe, that efficient partnership, including the ideally organized system of interaction between communication officers and mobile groups, would enable us to achieve expected results”, stated Vladimir Kolokoltsev.
The event took place on Russian Day – a major national holiday; and the Minister of Internal Affairs expressed the hope that foreign guests would have enough time to learn more about our country's history, its culture and traditions and to feel Russia's hospitality and openness.
“I wish you all success and positive impressions from the festival of football in Russia!” said Vladimir Kolokoltsev closing his speech.
Then, the participants in the official ceremony looked at the Center's service rooms and spoke to representatives of foreign law enforcement bodies.
The Center includes policemen from the states participating in the FIFA World Cup and Qatar that will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as well as officers of the Ministry's Headquarters divisions.
A part of foreign policemen will be permanently stationed at the premises of the Center as communication officers; others within mobile groups will perform public order protection tasks in the cities hosting football matches of respective national teams.
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