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Czech police unveil training facility built with Swiss assistance

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Zbiroh, West Bohemia, Feb 17 (CTK) – Czech riot police and the Quick Response Squad (URNA) presented on Wednesday a new tactical and climbing training facility for 22 million crowns, 16 millions of which have been provided by Switzerland from the Swiss-Czech cooperation project.

Besides the police, the unique simulator can be also used by other security and rescue corps, Police President Tomas Tuhy told CTK.

The multipurpose polygon is the first official training centre of the Czech police.

Tuhy said URNA, the riot police, firefighters, the rescue service and other corps can learn in Zbiroh to cope with serious threats, including terrorism, in the world.

He said certain activities cannot be trained elsewhere but in Zbiroh. The five-floor building offers a wide range of simulated spaces, in which various kinds of activities can be trained.

As long as the security situation is improved in one country, it will help improve the situation in others, too, Roger Flury, Swiss police attache, said.

He said the training facility will improve the effectiveness of the struggle with crime as well as the Czech inhabitants’ personal and property safety.

The police showed on Wednesday an operation against armed perpetrators on three floors. They entered the building from a helicopter, a new tactical platform and an armoured vehicle.

On a training pylon, air rescuers offered aid to an injured electrician.

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