10 times more police for NYE
KÖLN – City officials plan to have more than 10 times the number of officers than they did last year on patrol for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration, hoping to prevent the spate of crimes committed last year.
Some 1,500 officers will be deployed as well as 600 public order officers and “significantly more” private security workers, a city spokeswoman said.
After more than 1,000 women reported being robbed or sexually assaulted or both last year, Köln police came under fire for their handling of the events, accused of covering up the refugee background of attackers as well as the details of the attacks and not providing sufficient security.
This year the main area where the assaults occurred – between the cathedral and the railway station – will have extra security. The area around the cathedral will be blocked off with control points, and no fireworks will be allowed within the area.
The area around the railway station will have more video surveillance and in the station, trains will be rescheduled to reduce the number of people having to change platforms so oftens.
Police said they will also be monitoring social media like Twitter and Facebook for topics related to New Year’s Eve.