Strong int’l support for security at SEA Games

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National Police get ready ahead of May SEA Games. NATIONAL POLICE

National Police chief General Neth Savoeun, who is also chairman of Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee’s (CAMSOC) Public Order Commission, announced that eight nations and institutions have offered security support for the upcoming SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games.

Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh, Minister of National Defense, urged the Kingdom’s security forces to pay close attention to maintaining public order and protecting the domestic and international guests who will attend the two events.

During a January 19 inspection of the security forces – at the Morodok Techo National Stadium –Savoeun said the public order commission has secured the assistance of several partners.

“Eight countries and institutions – Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Interpol, the FBI and Aseanapol have offered their support. Japan, China and Vietnam have already provided assistance as well as technical equipment for security and public order operations,” he added.

“The FBI has exchanged experiences in transmitting remote audio and video, while the Singapore Police, the Vietnamese Police and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security have provided advisers, including trainers in intervention skills and problem solving, as well as direct defense and escort skills,” he continued.

In addition, he said the Kingdom had sent a delegation to observe security operations during the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam. It had also strengthened communication with partner institutions both inside and outside the region to gather intelligence ahead of the Phnom Penh events.

The January 19 inspection featured participants from the police, gendarmerie, bodyguard command and army, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Health and Electricite du Cambodge, a total of 4,743 participants, as well as their vehicles and specialised equipment.

Tea Banh, CAMSOC chairman, offered his appreciation to Savoeun and the public order commission, both for its planning of security operations and its close cooperation with the various CAMSOC commissions.

“The public order commission has established close cooperation with many international partners, which will strengthen security at the upcoming events,” he said.

“CAMSOC wants the world to know that Cambodia is ready to host the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games. We are prepared to ensure a warm welcome to the heads of state and governments of the 11 participating countries, the international sports officials from around the world, the leaders of the Olympic Movement and the tens of thousands of sports fans who will come to Cambodia, as well as the athletes and sporting delegations,” he added.

“As of January 19, there just 106 days until the games begin. All members of the security forces must be prepared to perform their duties responsibly and set good examples for our guests, in all gestures, at all times and in all places. In accordance with the approach of ‘Your safety is my duty’, I expect them to display the warmth and friendly welcoming spirit that the Kingdom is well known for,” he concluded.