Croatian officers again helping Slovenian police at ski resorts
Zreče, 6 January - Two Croatian police officers have again joined Slovenian police in touring the ski slopes which are popular among Croatian tourists. One officer is helping out in Rogla and Kope, and the other in Kranjska Gora until the end of school holidays in Croatia on 15 January.
This form of cooperation started in 2011 when Slovenian officers started helping out on the Croatian coast during the peak summer season, Alojz Sladič the General Police Administration said at a press conference at Rogla on Monday.
In recent years, three Slovenian officers have been helping out in Istria, Kvarner and on the Pag island.
Croatian officers started coming to Slovenian ski slopes in 2013. This year, they have been helping out in Rogla and Kope, and in the Kranjska Gora area since 2 January.
According to Croatian officer Damir Sladin, who is helping out at Rogla, Croatian skiers are pleasantly surprised when they see a police officer from their country in Slovenia.
He said there had been no major problems in the past couple of days, as Rogla was a family resort.
Benjamin Kalan from the Kranjska Gora police department said touring ski slopes together with Croatian counterparts was also an opportunity to bond. "I'm still in contact with the officer (from Croatia) that was here last year," he said.
Police officers help provide for safety at ski slopes. They also intervene in cases of severe accidents. In 5-10% of the cases they give out fines to drunk skiers, who are stripped of their ski ticket for the day, Sladič explained.
The number of such incidents and accidents depends on the season. This year, relatively few have been recorded so far, although some resulted in serious injuries, mostly in limb fractures.
Last week, a skier died at Rogla in an accident that happened after the ski slopes were closed, Sladič said, urging skiers to take safety instructions seriously.