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22.11.2012: Three seminars devoted to safety and security were held last week by Etienne Lavigne in Buenos Aires, Santiago and

Three seminars devoted to safety and security were held last week by Etienne Lavigne in Buenos Aires, Santiago and Lima. Representatives from the army, police and road safety authorities are actively participating in the smooth running of the Dakar.

Ensuring the safety and security of the rally’s competitors and spectators for more than two weeks, over a route that measures more than 8,000 kilometres in total, including several large scale crowd events (such as the starting ceremony, finishing ceremony, etc.), requires anticipation and precision on the part of the organisers.

At each stage of the reconnoitring, the questions related to the positioning of the forces of law and order are addressed, before being recorded in the “security book”. Then, last week, Etienne Lavigne and some members of his team went to meet the chiefs and managers of each of the organisations concerned, in Peru, Argentina and Chile, to set out in detail the means that will be implemented:

“It all accounts to a considerable deployment, because 7,000 people will be on duty in Peru, as well as 15,000 in Argentina,” explains the Dakar Director.

“These metings are very valuable and also help us to gauge the involvement of the different countries in the event. Last year, the Peruvians welcomed the rally for the first time and they managed to handle a one-million strong crowd in Lima for the finish of the rally, which is no mean feat! So, we are capitalising on this know-how, as well as in plenty of other domains”.

As a result, these busy days have enabled a review of the new version of the “operational procedures guide”, which changes each year in accordance with what was learned from the previous year. Now, everybody has a liitle more than a month to swot up before the start…

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22.11.2012 / MaP

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