We continue our “behind the scenes” series and this time we’re chatting to our security officer, Cato Løken.
Cato, who works as a police officer, has been volunteering at Norway Cup for 40 years. For the past 25 years Cato has led our security department.
Can you give a brief overview of what your job in Norway Cup involves?
I am responsible for creating a safe tournament. This means that I oversee our contingency plan, ROS analysis, emergency training and keeping in contact, and planning, with the police and other public authorities.
The security department is also responsible for security in schools and other places where our participants are accommodated. This includes close collaboration with OBRE (Oslo Fire and Rescue Service). We are also responsible for the security at Ekebergsletta at night.
How many volunteers do you have with you during Norway Cup?
I have four volunteers who work all week, with extended responsibility, as well as about 20 night guards.
My four volunteers have shared responsibility for the same areas as me. One has contact with Natteravnene and youth contacts from the municipality, one keeps in touch with OBRE, while two of them are in charge of the night guards.
What is most challenging with your job?
You have to deal with long days and nights. And ensuring that so many children and young people have a safe experience at Norway Cup is a big responsibility.
What is best about working at Norway Cup?
The best part is that I get to work with my children.