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01 February 2024, 15:38

Belarusian police getting ready to respond to threats on single voting day

Dmitry Rezenkov
Dmitry Rezenkov
GRODNO, 1 February (BelTA) – Law enforcement personnel in Grodno Oblast have sufficient forces and assets to respond to all the threats during the election campaign as effectively and as promptly as possible. Chief of the Grodno Oblast Police Department Dmitry Rezenkov made the statement at a press conference held to review performance in 2023, BelTA has learned.

Dmitry Rezenkov said: “The Republic of Belarus lives in anticipation of the elections that will take place on 25 February 2024. Law enforcement agencies and the population are getting ready for the elections. Our preparations are directed to external affairs and internal ones. The external direction focuses on interaction with worker collectives and citizens in matters concerning the election campaign. The internal direction involves work with law enforcement units in a bid to prevent and respond to all the challenges and threats that may emerge in the course of official activities.”

According to the Grodno Oblast Police Department chief, educational videos have been prepared and are used during classes to teach personnel how to handle the situations that members of an election commission or law enforcement personnel posted at a polling station may encounter. “We practice responses to all the possible situations in order to respond to them as promptly and as effectively as possible,” he remarked.

Dmitry Rezenkov added that the day before the elections the Grodno Oblast Police Department will set up a response center. Various territorial police departments will set up their own response centers. The response centers will closely oversee the operation of all patrol units as part of the universal deployment and threat response system.

According to Dmitry Rezenkov, the response centers will have all kinds of CCTV coverage at their disposal. Surveillance cameras have been set up in virtually all the polling stations so that law enforcement agencies could be tipped off about any illegal activities. “At present law enforcement agencies have enough forces and assets to respond to all the threats during the election campaign as effectively and as promptly as possible,” the Grodno Oblast police chief summarized.

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