European Police Union calls for European Emergency Fund
The European Police Union (EPU) pleads for European financial support to national police forces struggling by the refugee crisis the continent is currently facing.
'Due to the increasing and ungoing flow of refugees in Europe, the police have more and more difficulty to live up to certain expectations. Security is more and more under threat. If a European country needs to strengthen the capacity of police forces, this reserve of the commission should offer financial support", said EPU president Gerrit van de Kamp at Dutch radio broadcaster BNR Nieuwsradio.
"The European Commission puts money aside for several emergency funds to respond tot crises in the European Union, such as the support taken by the EC to support farmers since the start of the Russion embargo. Why not respond to this refugee crisis the police forces are coping with?" Van de Kamp, who is also president of the Dutch police trade union ACP, continues.
The EPU calls for an European Emergency Fund right after the police union published the outcome of a questionnaire on the subject Refugees, conducted by 800 European police officers dealing with refugees. Policemen and policewomen from countries as the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and several Balkan countries fiercely criticised Europe's current refugee policy and the impact on their working conditions.