Five Czech police officers, who have temporarily returned to the Czech
Republic from a military mission in Baghdad, are due to return to Iraq on
Saturday. The officers returned to Czechia 16 days ago due to a restricted
operation of the training centre in the Iraqi capitol.
The Minister of Interior, Jan Hamáček, said their the move had nothing to do with the development of the safety situation in the country. The Czech Army currently has around 40 soldiers and police officers in Iraq mainly working to train Iraqi security forces to fight against the ISIS militia.
They remained stationed in the country despite the conflict between the Us and Iran following the US drone strike on a leading Iranian general.
The government has approved new legislation which would ban armed paramilitaries and vigilante groups pursuing a religious, nationalist or similar agenda. Those who break the law would pay a substantial fine. Meanwhile, unarmed communal groups aimed at strengthening local security, such as neighbourhood watches, will continue to be legal and state security forces members will have greater freedom to use their weapons.
Police will be out in force in the Czech capital on Tuesday night to
maintain law and order during the New Year celebrations in the city centre.
New Year street parties are expected on Wenceslas and Old Town Square where
hundreds of people traditionally congregate to see in the New Year.
A heightened police presence can also be expected on January 1st in connection with the New Year’s video-mapping on the building of the National Museum (at 6.15pm, 7.15pm and 8.15pm) as well as the planned fireworks display over Folimanka Park at 6pm.
The police say they have arrested a cocaine kingpin who supplied customers throughout Prague with the drug for years. The 38-year-old suspect has been charged and is in custody. During a raid of his home police confiscated large amounts of the drug and tens of thousands of euros. If convicted he could face between ten and twenty years in prison.
Czech police arrested a man who is suspected of carrying out an axe attack in the western Bohemian town of Aš, which left two people seriously injured. The attack took place on Friday morning and one of the victims was a postman, Czech Radio's iRozhlas news site reports. The suspect, who has a criminal record, was arrested after a coordinated police search during the night from Friday to Saturday.
Prague police have asked the municipality for a green light to activate automatic facial recognition cameras at six locations. That’s a red flag for some personal privacy advocates, who fear a Big Brother scenario. But law enforcement officials say an upgrade of the Czech capital’s closed-circuit television system is overdue, and controls will be put in place to prevent any abuse.
The police have asked the Prague authorities to activate a facial
recognition function on security cameras at six locations in the city as
part of a pilot project, the news site iRozhlas reported. This would allow
the police to automatically monitor and record the movement of people
caught on those cameras.
Prague City Hall will now consult the matter with the Office for the Protection of Personal Data. It previously refused to allow facial recognition technology to be used to track suspected football hooligans.
The police have traced the man who drove a red Formula 1 car along the D4
highway between Příbram and Dobříš at the beginning of September.
Images of the formula car driving along the highway quickly became a hit on social networks, but the police have warned that such behaviour is a public hazard and the car did not fulfil the respective road requirements, having no registration number or headlights.
The forty-five-year-old driver faces a fine of up to 10,000 crowns and having his driver's license suspended for six months to a year.
The General Inspectorate of the Security Forces (GIBS) is investigating a
shooting in Prague's Horní Počernice district.
According to the news site Novinky.cz, which reported the incident, a police officer fired at a man fleeing from the site of a robbery.
The man, who was hit, is suspected of having stolen a mobile phone in an electronics store. The wounded man was taken to the emergency ward of Vinohrady hospital.
The General Inspectorate is investigating whether the shooting in the street, which presented a threat to the public, was justifiable with regard to the committed offense.
Twenty children, on average, are reported missing in the Czech Republic
every day and most are found within minutes or hours, according to police
statistics presented at the start of conference on missing children
organized by the non-profit organization Amber Alert Europe (AAE).
The organization created a network of police specialists involved in the search for missing children across Europe and regularly holds conferences where the main aim is for the respective police officers to establish contacts that they can later use to communicate more quickly, efficiently and informally in the search for missing children.Across Europe a child is reported missing every two minutes.
Prague is hosting the conference for the second time.It is attended by 40 specialists from 16 countries.
AAE founder and chairman Frank Hoen said in his opening address that the Czech police are among the best in Europe when it comes to searching for missing children.