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Gov’t to beef up law enforcement

Hungarian Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai has announced a new program entitled “order and security” aimed at improving public safety and expanding the resources currently available to law enforcement.

A number of the provisions are aimed at townships, where police staff numbers have increasingly become an issue, allowing retired police to perform local duties, providing greater funding to volunteer patrolmen and also creating the institution of a “town guard,” a law enforcement body founded by local municipalities with central support.

The funding of the central investigation agency NNI will be raised by HUF 600 million while Bajnai also promised that more surveillance cameras will be installed in hot spots.

Furthermore, in an obvious effort to counteract mounting ethnic tensions, the number of roma police is to be increased manifold by raising the number of those eligible for minority scholarships from the current 60 to 300. (Gazdasági Rádió)