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Danish parliament approves sweeping reforms of national police force

The Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark- A broad majority in the Danish Parliament on Friday approved the government's sweeping reforms of the national police force aimed in part at getting more officers out patrolling the streets.

In a 91-26 vote, lawmakers backed the 1.5 billion kroner (euro201 million; US$258 million) package, which will cut the number of police districts from 54 to 12 as of Jan. 1, 2007. Sixty-two parliamentarians were absent.

The reform also is aimed at upgrading equipment, including modernizing computer systems and replacing the present analogue police radios with digital ones.

The present police structure dates back to 1938.

Denmark has 10,700 police officers and some 3,600 police attorneys and administrative employees. No employees would be laid off in the restructuring.


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