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Feb 06, 2017

Hungary to send police to Serbia and Macedonia to patrol migration routes

According to Chief Police Commissioner Zsolt Halmosi there will be 15- and 25-person units patrolling in the interests of preventing and discovering attempts to illegally cross the borders

Hungary is to send two new contingents of police to Serbia and Macedonia to patrol migration routes, it has been revealed.

According to Chief Police Commissioner Zsolt Halmosi there will be 15- and 25-person units sent for patrolling efforts.

“This is the tenth time that Hungary is sending police units to Macedonia, and the fourth time to Serbia; 385 Hungarian police officers have served along the Balkan migration route to date," the Major-General said.

Maj-Gen Halmosi thanked the police officers for undertaking the task and volunteering to help the fight against illegal immigration.

Both contingents will be contributing to border protection with police vehicles, night vision equipment and heat cameras.

Hungarian police serving within the territory of Serbia and Macedonia will be performing their duties using their own equipment and will act under the orders and supervision of local police.

The main task of the Hungarian police will be patrolling in the interests of preventing and discovering attempts to illegally cross the border, in addition to which they will be assisting in the detaining of people smugglers and illegal immigrants. The police officers will be on duty not only in the direct vicinity of the border, but also within the territory of the country along roads and highways.