A special elite unit is now patrolling the streets of Austria. So called “Cobra teams” are on patrol in regular civilian vehicles to stay unnoticed.
Cobra Director Bernhard Treibenreif says: “The test in the West of Austria is going very well. If anything happens we mustn’t be too late at the scene.”
The elite team is present in urban areas because of the existing terror threat in the country. Like the British Special Air Service (SAS), its goal is to neutralise terrorists and monitor vulnerable areas.
According to Treibenreif, Austria has two large agglomerations: “Greater Vienna, where WEGA, the special unit of the Vienna Police, is involved in the radio patrol service and Vorarlberg with the economic area of St. Gallen and southern Germany, so it makes sense to try out this new approach.”
In case of an emergency the Cobra team even has permission to pursue fleeing offenders across the border.