400 soldiers from the Danish Armed Forces are now in close combat training in case of conflicts with asylum seekers.
The Armed Forces have started to train a 400-men large guards unit that will assist the police to keep track of asylum seekers in three large refugee camps in Sønderjylland and Sjælland, reports Ekstra Bladet.
The large force receives a week-long training course that is made especially for the purpose by the Police Academy.
The program includes various types of close combat techniques - including use of pepper spray and foam.
Military demands firearms
Since the police at the asylum camps are armed with firearms, naturally the request from the military is that the soldiers also carry firearms.
- So I have heard. But I know the question is not yet fully discussed, and therefore I can not comment on it further, says head of the Police Academy, Klaus Munk Nielsen.
- But I can confirm that the Police Academy has trained 50 military personnel instructors in guarding and blockades and in mild forms of physical force. It can be from various grips to put people into handcuffs, but also techniques for pacification of a person, for example in case of an intrusion, says Klaus Munk Nielsen.
- The instructors are currently training their own people so that they are ready for the task.
Klaus Munk Nielsen emphasizes that the physical use of force generally does not include use of a firearm.
Duty officer Henrik Mortensen from the Joint Services Defence Command, says that the implicated soldiers come from a wide range of regiments - including people from the military police.
The 400 soldiers will be under the command of the local commander from the civilian police.
The military's role in the current refugee situation was referred to by the Danish Minister of Integration Inger Støjberg, two weeks ago, when she said that the Armed Forces would assist the police with guarding the asylum camps at Søgård in Aabenraa, the barracks in Vordingborg, and in Valby.
Chairman of the Enlisted Privates and Corporals Association, Flemming Vinther, says to Ekstra Bladet:
- There should be no doubt that the military in this case opens new paths. This task is indeed a long way from sea rescue helicopter assistance or anti-terror fighting, which everyone knows the military contributes to, he told Ekstra Bladet.
- For me it is important that our people get a solid training - and not least get the powers they need be equipped with, in case of conflicts.
- You mean guns?
- I would say so. As the police are armed with firearms, our soldiers will be too.
- If the military needs to be deployed, the soldiers must know their tasks to the letter. And that means they have to be prepared for any situation, says Flemming Vinther.
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