Roskilde Festival 2016

Roskilde Festival volunteers to receive terror training

Roskilde Festival volunteers to receive terror training
Some 130,000 people attend the Roskilde Festival. Photo: Stiig Hougesen/Roskilde Festival
When well over 100,000 people transform a field outside of Roskilde into northern Europe’s largest music festival this summer, watchful eyes will be on the lookout for suspicious and dangerous behaviour.
Roskilde Festival volunteers will be trained by Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) agents on how to spot potential terrorists amongst the throngs, radio station P4 København reported on Thursday. 
The festival’s head of security, Morten Therkildsen, told P4 that PET agents will provide evening courses for volunteer leaders to teach them what to look for. 
“That way we will have a good relationship with PET that can ensure that our volunteers know how to react if they experience something that is outside of the norm,” he said. 
Therkildsen said that the festival, which is run entirely by volunteers, needs to be extra vigilant given recent events. 
“We can always be better. Therefore there will also be some small changes this year because there is an increased focus on events when it comes to terror,” he told P4. 
Some 30,000 volunteers are behind the annual festival, taking care of everything from building the stages, keeping toilet facilities clean, manning VIP check-ins and cleaning up the sizable mess left behind after a week-long party with around 100,000 guests. 
The final line-up for this year’s Roskilde Festival was released last week

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