Personnel of the National Custom Authority will cover areas considered at risk in the World Youth Day (WYD), which will be celebrated from 22 - 27 of this month in Panama, to provide security to personalities that will participate in this event, informed the custom entity today.
For this work, a group of 32 customs officials was assigned to the Inter-institutional Crisis Team, which in this opportunity is integrated by 108 officials from several institutions, according to the National Customs Authority of Panama (ANA) the Spanish acronym.
From this group of custom officers, 26 will be deployed in the capital, 4 in the western province of Chiriqui in the Paso Canoas sector, in the border area of Panama with Costa Rica, and another 2 in the town of Guabito in the northwestern province of Bocas del Toro, also at the border of the neighboring country.
This group will verify the means of transport that cross the border by land: cargo transport, buses (for travel and tourism) and private vehicles.
In Panama City, they will inspect hotels, airports, ports, and areas of the platforms where the massive events of the WYD will take place and that Pope Francis will visit.
The officials, who are experts in detecting radioactive, chemical, biological, nuclear and explosive materials, will have portable equipment that will allow them to detect this type of material that could enter illegally to Panama as a result of the development of this activity religious.
The Crisis Team was created as an Inter-institutional Plan for the prevention and response against threats, incidents, criminal acts, and terrorist attacks with radiological or nuclear materials.
It will be based in the Atlantic Pacific Convention Center facilities (ATLAPA), in the capital, led by the National Border Service (SENAFRONT).
WYD, whose last edition was held in Krakow (Poland), is one of the most important events of the Catholic Church, which every three years brings together thousands of young people from all over the world with the pope.
The Episcopal Conference of Panama reported in November that there are 226,000 already registered pilgrims and nearly 5,000 accredited journalists.
The Inter-institutional Crisis Team was established as a product of the VII Summit of the Americas held in Panama City between April 9 and 11. 2015, after the opening ceremony of the expansion of the Interoceanic Canal on June 26, 2016.
It was also present at the III Latin American Games of Special Olympics Panama 2017, according to official information.