EURO 2008

During the EURO 2008, members of the cantonal police units, Border Guard Corps, medical and rescue corps, Swiss Armed Forces, private security services and officials of the Federal Office of Police have been on 24-hour duty for four weeks. Close cooperation between all these security forces was absolutely essential in order to ensure that this football tournament – the third largest sporting event in the world – remained a peaceful event bringing nations together.

All the relevant security forces of the host cities, the cantons and the Confederation were joined in the sub-project known as "Security UEFA EURO 2008". This project aimed to ensure that the right security measures were implemented in the right place at the right time to assist the smooth running of the EURO 2008. Due to the federal structure of Switzerland, the host cities and the cantons were primarily responsible for the implementation of security measures in public areas. They were assisted in this task by the federal authorities – including the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) – as part of the Confederation’s regular duties.

Fedpol, for example, assured the protection of foreign visitors who are protected by public international law or was engaged to collect information about possible dangerous incidents. Fedopl operated an event-related information system, which contained about 6500 known "Violaters Sport" reported by other countries. For 230 individuals it was denied to enter Switzerland.

Fedpol also created the basis for the event-related cooperation with the neighbour-states, participant-states and transit-states. To this end, a total of 15 Declarations of Intent - besides the one with EUROPOL - were signed. Furthermore, fedpol organised the support of the German and French police forces in favour of the police corps of the cantons of Basle, Zurich, Bern and Geneva. Finally, fedpol ran the the National Police Information and Coordination Center (PICC).

The PICC is essentially based on fedpol’s National Intelligence Centre, which was located within the Service for Analysis and Prevention (SAP). The Centre was managed by the head of SAP and has temporarily been reinforced with experts from various departments of the Federal Administration (e.g. from the Strategic Intelligence Service, the Military Intelligence Service, the National Alert Centre etc.), from the various cantonal police corps and from abroad.

The PICC gathered and analysed information under the EURO 2008 intelligence network, and carried out an overall situation assessment for the EURO 2008. The Centre was the Single Point of Contact in all police matters such as the coordination of the operations of police officers from participating states familiar with the football scene and the operation of the electronic situation report. Besides this, the PICC ensured the exchange of information with the PICC Austria. The classified situation reports were available to specified people within the government, the police and the civil administration.

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