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Czechs to create police unit for foreign missions

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Prague, Feb 24 (CTK) – The Czech Republic will create a unit of police officers with international experience to go to foreign missions with about 300 members, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (Social Democrats, CSSD) told journalists after a government meeting on Wednesday.

Chovanec said he expected Prague to send further police especially to Macedonia.

“In past days, we followed Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s instruction and asked the police and their president to start forming an international unit of police for the Czech Republic,” Chovanec said.

“So far, we have been in the stage of a certain database that will include the police with international experiences and language proficiency and who will be ready for deployment in the missions,” he added.

“We think that some more our police officers will head for Macedonia. There will be a police unit with roughly 300 members,” Chovanec said.

The police will be deployed depending on the need with Greece or Italy being possible now, Chovanec said.

The database will provide the information on the languages spoken by the police, their experiences and their substitutes if they serve abroad.

On Thursday, Chovanec will attend a meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels and on Friday, he will visit the Czech police now deployed in Macedonia.

There are 27 of them and the number can be increased.

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