German police want 'backup' to cope with refugees, terrorism

2015-11-23 18:29
In Hamburg, a German police officer searches between the seats before a Bundesliga match. (Axel Heimken, AP)

In Hamburg, a German police officer searches between the seats before a Bundesliga match. (Axel Heimken, AP)

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Berlin - Strain brought on by terrorist threats and Europe's migration crisis mean German police need an urgent boost in manpower, argued Germany's Trade Union for Police (GdP) on Monday.

The group has started a nationwide campaign, dubbed "We need backup," to raise awareness of the growing workload officers face. Challenges include fighting terrorism, curbing organised crime and overseeing the flow of migrants to the country, GdP Federal Chairperson Joerg Radek said.

He added that around 16 000 vacancies have been left unfilled since the turn of the millennium and that more and more officers are working overtime as a result.

Germany expects to receive at least 800 000 asylum seekers this year. This has led to a sharp uptake in racially aggravated violence as right-wing extremists target refugee shelters and try to block migrants from entering their towns.

Security is also to be boosted at this year's Christmas markets, in response to recent terrorist threats in Paris and Brussels.

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