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CLAN – Slagelse Police, Slagelse, Denmark
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eeds134649-LLP-1-2007-1-IT-GRUNDTVIG-GMPGrant Agreement 2007-3569/001-001This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be heldresponsible for any use which may be made of the information contained there
Facts about DenmarkThe police in Denmark, in the Faroe Islands and in Greenland constitute one nationalforce, employed directly by the state.Denmark
The area of Denmark covers 43,000 square kilometres, which means that it is the smallestcountry in Scandinavia. Denmark has 5.4 million inhabitants, whoevery summer take pleasure in the fact that most of the country is surrounded by water along7,300 kilometres of coast, apart from a 68 kilometre long frontier with Germany.Overall political decisions are taken at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen,which houses the Government and the 179 democratically elected members of the Folketing(Danish Parliament). At least every four years, the Prime Minister must call ageneral election.Denmark is divided into fi ve geographical regions. It is their responsibility, among otherthings, that hospitals and the general public health system function optimally. Denmark is,furthermore, divided into 98 municipalities where local decisions are taken regarding forexample childcare, schools, elderly care and construction works.Denmark is a member of the European Union (EU), the United Nation (UN) and the defencealliance NATO.
OrganisationThe police in Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland constitute one nationalforce, employed directly by the state. The Minister for Justice, who is the chief policeauthority, exercises his powers through the National Commissioner, and theCommissioners of the police districts.
There are approximately 11,000 police offi cials in Denmark. They serve with the DanishNational Police, in Greenland, in the Faroe Islands and with the 12 police districts that coverthe whole country.
Altogether, there are approximately 14,000 employees in the police service where importantfunctions are carried out by attorneys, administrative personnel and a series of otheroccupational groups such as clerical offi cers, service staff, academic staff, motor and weaponsmechanics, IT personnel and journalists.In all districts, there is a main police station that provides round-the-clock service and anumber of local police stations that serve the citizens of the community in the daytime.Throughout the country, the police participate in successful cooperation with local authorities,schools and associations where much of the crime prevention work is carried out.
Reform of the Danish police
On 1 January 2007, a reform of the Danish police was initiated. It meant that 54 policedistricts were transformed into the present 12 districts. The objective was to achieve a moremodern police service with sustainable police districts that on their own are able to carry outmajor investigations and provide large-scale emergency and support services.The reform willalso imply over time that there will be more police offi cers in the street, which means thatcitizens will feel more secure.
FinanceIt is the political parties of the Folketing (Danish Parliament) that negotiate thefinancial framework of the police and the prosecution service. The most recentagreement was concluded in 2006 and covers the years 2007 2010.
Some of the funding has been earmarked for, among other things, a new radio system, new ITequipment, strengthened anti-terrorist efforts, and for implementing the new police reform.The 12 police districts will receive their individual allocations, which the Commissioners are toadminister. Consequently, it is the management of the individual district that will assess whatshould be targeted as special action areas locally.

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