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Germany to roll out new police unit to tackle terror

Carole DeWhitte

Published 17/12/2015 | 02:30

Police officers hold weapons during a training operation of the new BFE+ (Evidence and Arrestment) unit of the German federal police in Ahrensfelde near Berlin, Germany. Photo: AP
Police officers hold weapons during a training operation of the new BFE+ (Evidence and Arrestment) unit of the German federal police in Ahrensfelde near Berlin, Germany. Photo: AP

Germany is introducing a new police unit in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris that officials say will be better armed and trained to deal with terrorism.

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Some 250 more officers will be added to the national police force's special arrest units, known as the BFE, and based at five locations around the country.

Unlike the country's elite GSG9 SWAT teams that are only deployed as emergency response units, the so-called BFE+ police will also be involved in day-to-day operations, filling a gap between the special unit and regular police.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere presented the first group of 50 BFE+ police yesterday.

Police union spokesman Rainer Wendt said additional, specially-trained officers were "money well spent" but he told the DPA news agency that ordinary patrol officers must also be properly equipped to deal with terrorism.

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