LIMA 2019 PRESENTS MULTI-SECTORAL SECURITY PLAN FOR PAN AMERICAN GAMES
The Lima 2019 Organizing Committee, National Police of Peru, Armed Forces, Civil Defense and Fire Department are ready to ensure safety in all aspects of the Pan American Games.
Maximum security. The Organizing Committee presented the Lima 2019 Security Plan only a few days away from the Pan American Games Opening Ceremony and, with that, announced that everything is ready to carry out the competitions without setbacks. The plan is backed by the Peruvian Armed Forces, the National Police of Peru (PNP), Civil Defense and the Fire Department.
Top Lima 2019 authorities, led by Carlos Neuhaus, and representatives of the agencies involved in this plan, attended the presentation that took place this morning. Over 34 thousand troops from the institutions participating in the plan will be in charge of air, sea and land security at the Pan American Games. The Peruvian Air Force, Navy, Army and the PNP will keep the venues safe during the competitions. Around 23 thousand police officers will patrol the streets, Civil Defense will set up mobile command centers and firefighters will have rescue vehicles throughout the city available in case of an emergency.
The president of the Lima 2019 Organizing Committee, Carlos Neuhaus, said that Peru is ready to welcome the best athletes in the Americas for the Pan American Games and to guarantee their safety so they can participate in the Games without any issues. This plan will enable them to have everything under control and to ensure the safety of athletes, members of technical teams and spectators.
“Safety is guaranteed. I would like to thank all the institutions helping us with this task, such as the Peruvian Armed Forces, the Peruvian National Police, Civil Defense and the Fire Department. We will innovate in sports security at this multi-sports event because we will not only use traditional security, but also cybersecurity, intelligence plans and measures that will allow us to have a first-rate event without setbacks and with over 400 million people watching us,” he emphasized.
PNP General Commander José Lavalle said that they joined the efforts in order to provide complete security for the Pan American Games. Therefore, around 23,800 officers from all specialized police teams will be responsible for security at all venues, accommodations and transit routes.
He also said that the deployment of these officers will not undermine Lima’s security, but will contribute to the development of these competitions without setbacks for the population. He also pointed out that there will be more than one thousand security cameras monitoring the city from the Video Surveillance Center – C4 of the National Police of Peru.
SUPPORT FROM THE ARMED FORCES
Vice Rear Admiral Andrés Arriarán, chief of the Joint Command Operations Department, announced that 4500 members of the Peruvian Armed Forces will be in charge of security in sports venues and of forming quick-response teams in case of an emergency or evacuation. He also informed that they would provide security during aquatic sports competitions and along the marathon course, which will take place on July 27.
General Jorge Chávez, head of Indeci, highlighted that the Lima 2019 Security Plan had been prepared in a coordinated manner. He stated that they are able to respond to risk scenarios such as fires or earthquakes. Therefore, 800 brigade members will be deployed throughout the city and at pre-emptive mobile command centers at competition venues. There, spectators will receive information about security measures and evacuation routes in case of unexpected events.
Finally, the Vice Commander of the Fire Department, Carlos Angeles Bachet, said that they would be in charge of emergency care in case of fires, rescue, car accidents, medical emergencies and hazardous materials leaks. They will have 6000 firefighters and 150 vehicles, including fire trucks, rescue vehicles and telescopic ladders to handle any unexpected situations during the Pan American Games.
About Lima 2019
The Lima 2019 Games Opening Ceremony will be held at the National Stadium of Peru on July 26, 2019. This continental event will gather 6680 athletes from 41 countries and delegations from the Americas.
There will be 17 days of competitions and ceremonies between July 26 and August 11, which will take place in 14 districts of Lima and Callao at various venues like VIDENA, Villa María Sports Center, Callao Regional Village, Villa El Salvador Sports Center, Punta Rocas, among others.
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will include 39 sports and 61 disciplines, in which athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. A total of 21 disciplines are qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Parapan American Games will welcome 1890 Para athletes from 33 countries, who will participate in 17 sports and 18 disciplines. Competitions will take place from August 23 to September 1, 2019. Thirteen sports will be qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.