Polish police to help fans at football World Cup in Russia

Polish police to help fans at football World Cup in Russia Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

Poland's Ministry of Internal Affairs estimates that around 15,000 Polish fans will travel to Russia for the football World Cup, to be held between mid-June and mid-July. Throughout the tournament there will be six specially trained police officers form Poland.

The officers will leave for Russia on Sunday and return three days after Poland ends its World Cup campaign.

"They are officers who have been chosen in a competition from among several dozen candidates," a representative of the National Police Headquarters (KGP) told PAP. "They were assessed for experience, foreign language skills, availability and state of health. All of them took part in securing the 2012 European Championships (held in Poland and Ukraine - PAP) and one of the officers can be proud to have also gained experience at the Euros in Austria and Switzerland in 2008, the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and the Euros in France in 2016."

Two officers working daily at the KGP will go to Russia, the others coming from Kraków (southern Poland), Chorzów (southern Poland), Poznań (western Poland) and Białystok (northeastern Poland). They will fly to Moscow on Sunday. Also on duty in Russia will be Deputy Inspector Kinga Badeńska, who has been the Polish police liaison officer there for three years.

The Polish officers will be divided on location. Two will be stationed on duty in the security centre and the remainder will be sent to the Polish fan zone and sectors where Polish fans will be.