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Jan 20, 2020

Community watch officers to help protect Hungary's borders

Community watch is “a modern form of patriotism” as these officers take part in border protection as volunteers in their own free time, and perform an important community task.

Community watch officers are to take part in border protection to maintain good public security throughout Hungary.

Zsolt Nyitrai, the Prime Minister’s appointee for priority social affairs, said community watch officers are the government’s strategic partners and are helping to secure the safety of those living in Hungary.

Nyitrai said the partnership manifests itself in professional cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, police officers and law enforcement agencies, as well as in fiscal grants and grants provided in the form of equipment.

Community watch is “a modern form of patriotism” as these officers take part in border protection as volunteers in their own free time, and perform an important community task.

Nyitrai pointed out that there is a continued need for the border fence and border protection because there is increasing pressure on the Hungarian border. Last year, more than 17,000 illegal immigrants tried to enter the country, and this year their number is already above 2,000.

He took the view that migration has a negative impact on Europe’s security, and wherever migrants appeared, the number of violent crimes has increased as has the threat of terrorism.

Nyitrai highlighted that security and the protection of the economy and families continue to remain the government’s top priorities, adding that Hungarian citizens can only rely on Fidesz-KDNP as opposition parties are pro-immigration.

Zoltán Csaplár, Municipal Vice-President of the National Community Watch Association, stressed that the association would like to provide every assistance for law enforcement agencies with the protection of the country.