Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Kfor troops, Kosovo police conduct joint patrols, vehicle checks

Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 19 April: Danish soldiers operating in Kfor [Kosovo Force] Multinational Brigade [MNB] Northeast have conducted joint patrols with the Kosova [Kosovo] Police Service (ShPK) as part of a training.

"During those days, the Danish Mechanized Infantry Company joined the patrols of ShPK officers and together conducted many vehicle checkpoints," reads a Kfor press release.

The company commander, Maj M. G. Salomonsen, on this occasion said that establishing a safe and secure environment is their common task.

"The police is gradually taking over the competencies. At the same time, more and more responsibilities are handed over from UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] to the local (ShPK) police. The police officers that we meet are professionals and devoted to their work," the major said.

He emphasized that working with the local police is a really good experience and that they are doing everything possible to support them over this transitional period.

Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in English 19 Apr 05

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