Milan boosts “Safe Streets” patrols

Extra foot patrols for August holiday period.

Milan’s security and public order committee has this week boosted the foot patrols monitoring the city in Operation Safe Streets.

Prefect Alessandro Marangoni said that this will not be a lockdown when he announced the increase in personnel. “It’s going to be a summer that people can experience in the city with more serenity, with a constant, alert and qualified presence – but not an oppressive one.”

There is no tangible terrorism threat, stated the central government’s representative in the city. Instead, the plan is to “allow the milanesi who stay here over the Ferragosto [15 August] period and the rest of August, as well as the many tourists who visit the city, to enjoy Milan more.”

Operation Safe Streets counts some 60–70 personnel drawn from state police, municipal police and army in mixed patrols of five in constant radio contact with police HQ. They are equipped with a full range of devices, including portable metal detectors.

The immediate attention of the patrols will be concentrated on the areas of highest concentration of people: Darsena, Navigli, Corso Como and the Isola area, especially in the evenings, and Arco della Pace, Sempione Park, Brera, Piazza Castello, Piazza Duomo, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, San Babila and Via Dante throughout the day. “And we can modify that plan at any time if the situation changes,” Marangoni added.