Hostage taking in Dresden: How do the police inform you without causing panic?


Hostage taking in Dresden: How do the police inform you without causing panic?

The hostage-taking in Dresden was an exceptional situation. In such cases, the police must inform the public without creating panic. It’s hard work because the rumor mill boils fast.

Thomas Geithner is surrounded by members of the media.  On Saturday, he informed about the current situation regarding the taking of hostages in the Altmarktgalerie.

Thomas Geithner is surrounded by members of the media. On Saturday, he informed about the current situation regarding the taking of hostages in the Altmarktgalerie.
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Dresden. It’s 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning when police spokesman Thomas Geithner’s phone rings. He is informed by the operations manager: There were shots fired at Amonhof. In such cases, the public must be informed. The media is calling and asking questions. It’s Geithner’s job to coordinate all of this.

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