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Terrorists at the dam

When a potential terrorist attack could affect more than one country simultaneously, it is important that national police forces work together. This training involved a terrorist scenario, requiring forces from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, who had to work together to protect citizens and critical infrastructure.

Project dates 01/09/2007 - 31/05/2009
TopicCIP | Crisis Management
Total budget€78 289
EU contribution69%
Project CoordinatorVoivodeship Police Headquarters, Krakow (Poland)
Project partners
  • Regional Police, Ĺ˝ilina (Slovakia)
  • Regional Police, Ostrava (Czech Republic)
Associate Partners
  • National Police (Hungary)
  • National Police (Germany)
  • National Police (UK)
  • National Police (Ukraine)

Project Description

A terrorist attack in Europe may take place simultaneously in the territory of more than one country, or terrorists may move across state borders in the course of the attack. In such situations, it is necessary that national police forces cooperate. Prior to this project, there had been no international training organised in Poland to prevent terrorist attacks, in particular when the target of the attack was critical infrastructure, the destruction of which would threaten people on both sides of the border.

The project aimed to improve trans-border cooperation between police forces from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. This involved developing methods of information exchange about possible terrorist attacks as well as the transfer of knowledge and best practice. There was particular focus on attack results management; the team developed a methodology for tackling attack impacts on hydroelectric power plants and improving cooperation between the different police forces both during an attack as well as after it.

The training used a scenario in which terrorists kidnapped a bus from Slovakia (where they arrived from the Czech Republic) and crossed the Polish border. There was a threat of an attack on the dam in Niedzica, which would cause flood and electricity failure in Poland and Slovakia. An Independent Antiterrorist Police Subdivision would make an attempt to overpower the terrorists.

Benefits and results

Following the training, a report pinpointed defects in the exchange of information and coordination during the operation, as well as methods of risk evaluation for both critical infrastructure and for people.

An after-conference publication reviewed the training course and risk evaluation analysis, suggested changes in proceedings and legislative changes that would lead to increased cooperation between the different countries. Both the report and the after-conference publication were made available to police forces within the European Union and neighbouring countries in both digital and paper format.

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