“Two hundred and fifty men in the field, highly specialized service personnel, such as forensics, bomb disposal, anti-terrorism. And then the reinforcements included in the State Police, in the Carabinieri, in the Guardia di Finanza, assigned by the department of public security at the police station. City divided into blocks, red zone and plainclothes officers inside the Ariston theater to guarantee maximum safety of the festival, both outside and inside”. The police commissioner of Imperia, Giuseppe Peritore, illustrated to Adnkronos the control service set up for the Sanremo week.
“We find ourselves managing an event of an international nature – he says – In the city center there are already thousands of visitors, tourists, personalities from the world of entertainment, artists well known to the public. General prevention and control of the territory are intensified in time. Gradually, with particular attention to the city centre, the controls become more intense and tight until reaching the maximum security area, which goes from Piazza Colombo to the entire Via Matteotti where, from Monday, to access, you must pass through special gates manned by the police forces and undergo specific checks with the use of metal detectors. On the model of stadium checks, it will not be possible to enter with objects that may represent a risk to the safety of others or potential danger such as cans, glass bottles, helmets “In the same area, technological people counting systems have been installed to avoid dangerous overcrowding. To be clear – he explains – Piazza Colombo has a maximum capacity of 3 thousand people, the entire area up to Matteotti has a maximum capacity of 20 thousand. When this capacity is close to the maximum limit, entry will no longer be permitted unless there is a simultaneous outflow of the same number of people.”
Services will start from next Monday to Sunday. Particular attention to the events that usually take place during the week of the event. “Naturally they must all be authorised, managed with prior notice and already regulated – warns the Police Commissioner – They will take place in special areas already assigned, at specific times and, above all, in a static form and in peripheral areas, so as not to interfere with the event. No impromptu demonstrations or marches will be allowed. At the moment there are only two authorized ones, one from the CGIL and one of an environmental nature from Savona. The attention is 360 degrees. At my third festival as Police Commissioner of Imperia – he concludes – the best wishes is that we can enjoy the event in complete tranquility: the effort is maximum so that it is a relaxing and joyful moment.” (by Silvia Mancinelli)