The Prague police have begun extensive security preparations for the meeting. The head of the municipal police department told the Czech Press Agency said that roughly 1,000 officers would be deployed, and that security arrangements would be similar to those in place during other events held within the scope of the Czech Republic’s presidency of the EU last year. The police presidium has said the details of the preparations would depend on the length of the visit and the individual events, which have not yet been publicised. Authorities are working on a vastly abbreviated schedule as opposed to the American president’s last visit in April of 2009 or that of Pope Benedict XVI, which were announced several months ahead of time. The trip will be President Medvedev’s first to the Czech Republic.