Friday, 12 July 2013 - 05:24
Police Ready For Vierdaagse
The police is ready for the Vierdaagse, they reported on Thursday. For the security of the event all kinds of scenarios have been developed, such as for extreme weather. New this year is the Vierdaagsefeestenapp. The 97th edition of the march starts on July 16. The app includes a bustle meter. Not only the police can see where the biggest crowds are, but also visitors can check where it is very busy. The police can send push messages to all phones with this app, to quickly and efficiently inform everybody. Regulating public flows is always important at major events, both to avoid problems and also to act quickly when there are incidents. The police will also use social media like twitter. The center of Nijmegen is divided into five zones, each with its own surveillance team and an office unit, which acts as a mobile support. Police officers are usually on foot, but also on bike and on horseback. Vierdaagse The International Four Day Marches Nijmegen (Vierdaagse) is the largest marching event in the world. It is organised every year in Nijmegen in mid-July as a means of promoting sport and exercise. Participants walk daily 30, 40 or 50 kilometers depending on their age and gender, and, on completion, they receive a royally approved medal (Vierdaagsekruis). The more than 40,000 participants are mostly civilians, but there are also a few thousand military participants from different countries. The ‘Vierdaagse’ started in 1906 and is held in Nijmegen since 1916. Besides the participants, the Vierdaagse also attracts tens of thousands of people who celebrate the event on the last day.