The trust of the Czech public in the nation's army and police force is
at its highest since 1997 when the data began to be collected, according to
a STEM polling agency survey conducted in March.
Some 78 percent of Czechs trust their armed forces, which regularly rank among the country's most trusted institutions. The same ratio of the public expressed their trust in the police this year, the highest score in public opinion for the institution thus far.
The Czech National Bank also ranked high with 72 percent of respondents saying they trust the country's leading financial institution.
More than half of the population, 56 percent to be exact said they trust President Miloš Zeman. Meanwhile the Chamber of Deputies, the government and the Senate ranked in the mid-40s as far as trust was concerned.
Czech police have arrested a 41-year-old man suspected of secretly cutting
and collecting strands of women’s’ hair in Prague’s trams. The man
was caught on Prague 4’s Budějovická street with scissors and hair
strands on him.
He has since admitted that he did commit the acts, some 25 in total, and has given other hair strands that he kept at home over to the police.
Police spokeswoman Hana Křížová says he gave no rational explanation for why he cut the hair. He could face up to two years in jail for disorderly conduct.
Five Czech police officers, who have temporarily returned to the Czech
Republic from a military mission in Baghdad, are due to return to Iraq on
Saturday. The officers returned to Czechia 16 days ago due to a restricted
operation of the training centre in the Iraqi capitol.
The Minister of Interior, Jan Hamáček, said their the move had nothing to do with the development of the safety situation in the country. The Czech Army currently has around 40 soldiers and police officers in Iraq mainly working to train Iraqi security forces to fight against the ISIS militia.
They remained stationed in the country despite the conflict between the Us and Iran following the US drone strike on a leading Iranian general.
The government has approved new legislation which would ban armed paramilitaries and vigilante groups pursuing a religious, nationalist or similar agenda. Those who break the law would pay a substantial fine. Meanwhile, unarmed communal groups aimed at strengthening local security, such as neighbourhood watches, will continue to be legal and state security forces members will have greater freedom to use their weapons.
Police will be out in force in the Czech capital on Tuesday night to
maintain law and order during the New Year celebrations in the city centre.
New Year street parties are expected on Wenceslas and Old Town Square where
hundreds of people traditionally congregate to see in the New Year.
A heightened police presence can also be expected on January 1st in connection with the New Year’s video-mapping on the building of the National Museum (at 6.15pm, 7.15pm and 8.15pm) as well as the planned fireworks display over Folimanka Park at 6pm.
The police say they have arrested a cocaine kingpin who supplied customers throughout Prague with the drug for years. The 38-year-old suspect has been charged and is in custody. During a raid of his home police confiscated large amounts of the drug and tens of thousands of euros. If convicted he could face between ten and twenty years in prison.
Czech police arrested a man who is suspected of carrying out an axe attack in the western Bohemian town of Aš, which left two people seriously injured. The attack took place on Friday morning and one of the victims was a postman, Czech Radio's iRozhlas news site reports. The suspect, who has a criminal record, was arrested after a coordinated police search during the night from Friday to Saturday.
Prague police have asked the municipality for a green light to activate automatic facial recognition cameras at six locations. That’s a red flag for some personal privacy advocates, who fear a Big Brother scenario. But law enforcement officials say an upgrade of the Czech capital’s closed-circuit television system is overdue, and controls will be put in place to prevent any abuse.
The police have asked the Prague authorities to activate a facial
recognition function on security cameras at six locations in the city as
part of a pilot project, the news site iRozhlas reported. This would allow
the police to automatically monitor and record the movement of people
caught on those cameras.
Prague City Hall will now consult the matter with the Office for the Protection of Personal Data. It previously refused to allow facial recognition technology to be used to track suspected football hooligans.