Danish Home Guard to assist police in conducting border checks

Denmark's justice minister said Tuesday that 125 members of the country's Home Guard will be deployed to conduct spot checks at some of the country's 15 border crossings to Germany.

The spot checks were introduced in January as part of efforts to control the flow of migrants, with the Scandinavian country having registered almost 3,000 asylum bids between the start of the year and March 27.

Soren Pind said the measure aimed at easing pressure on police, and that the officers freed up by the move could return to other duties.

The police were to be in charge of supervising the Home Guard, Pind added.

The checks have been renewed several times, and the latest extension is in force until May 3.

Due to lower activity at the border, a further 40 police officers were also to be reassigned to their regular police districts, he added.

The Danish government earlier this month said that 488,000 people were subjected to spot checks between January 4 and March 27, resulting in 984 people being denied entry from Germany, while 127 people were charged over suspected people trafficking.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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