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May 12, 2021

Carmen Dan: More than 26,000 Interior Ministry employees to be on duty on May 1 break

More than 26,000 employees of the Interior Ministry will be on duty for the May 1 break, Interior Minister Carmen Dan told a videoconference on Friday.

“In order to carry out the missions this time of the year, we will use more than 26,000 employees of the ministry, meaning more than 10,000 police officers, 5,000 firefighters, more than 4,300 border police officers and almost 7,000 gendarmes,” said Dan.

She added that preventive actions are being prioritised and steady cooperation among the ministry’s departments as well as between the departments and other state bodies.

“There are currently 116 checkpoints open to international traffic, 16 of which operated as airports being the busiest along with 58 points for railroad and ferryboat traffic,” said Dan.

She addressed the heads of all MAI departments to make sure public peace will be secured for the holiday.

“All border checkpoints are used to full capacity, there are additional and reserve staff for the checkpoints. I have got in touch with all the authorities that are to be conducting their activity at the checkpoints and asked them to provide additional staff,” said Chief Border Police Officer Ioan Buda.

Nearly 177,400 people are expected to attend May 1 public events, so nearly 10,000 police officers will deployed additional to the daily force. Highway police officers will take care of the traffic on the national roads and the motorways, according to head of the Romanian Police Bogdan Despescu.

“More than 300 radars will be used mainly on the motorways and national roads in order to increase traffic fluency and secure road traffic,” said Despescu.

Head of the Romanian Gendarmerie Marin Andreiana said he ordered the staff to be mainly gathered in the big towns and cities, busy areas and tourist resorts. Securing the smooth-running of public events is also a priority mission of the Gendarmerie.

“We have taken all the necessary measures for the smooth running of all the many cultural and sports events scheduled for this time of the year. We have stand-by staff ready to manage unexpected developments,” said Andreiana.

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