PAZNAUN PEOPLE: ARTHUR HÖRMER, WATCHDOG

Arthur Hörmer is 45 and runs the local authority security service in Ischgl. Whilst the tourists are enjoying themselves at night, he and his team are making sure that everyone behaves properly. He explains to Trisanna why broad shoulders are a great help, but not the most important part of the job.

phOTOS: NIKO HAVRANEK

 

Arthur, in Ischgl there’s a lot happening on the slopes during the day, but also in the pubs in the evenings. And your task is to keep track of what’s going on on the streets.
The great thing about Ischgl is that it’s so varied. If you’re going around a couple of kilometres outside, you would think you were at the end of the world. But here within the town it’s completely the opposite, everybody and his dog is out and about. That’s why the job appeals to me, too – even when there’s so much going on sometimes.

You’ve worked in the security service for 12 years, and this is now your ninth season as the officer in charge What’s the most important part of your job?
You have be outgoing and able to approach people – and that’s before things start to get a bit wilder. It’s got a lot to do with anticipation, not jumping on people frantically, that only escalates everything even more. The challenge for sure is finding the right words at the right time.

You only get involved when something goes wrong. How do you deal with that?
If I remember, as a young boy at school, I was already someone who used to play the mediator. And yes, it’s true, we only get involved when someone is behaving badly. Please don’t misunderstand me, everyone should be able to enjoy their free time as they would like. But we’re responsible for security here and we want to make sure that our guests are having a pleasant and enjoyable time – and by that we mean all our guests.

You’re not exactly slender, you could be described as being built like a tank. Does that help?
The external appearance helps too, certainly, but there are more important things.

Such as?
I keep fit, of course. Two years ago I was still the Tyrolean judo master in the seniors category. But it’s mostly about mental fitness. I draw a lot there on my past as a freediver, too. If your head stays calm, you know how to either avoid stories or deal with them. You just give off a sense of security.