13 police stations will be open 24 hours per day while some stations will operate from Monday to Friday, 7am to 9pm
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Luxembourg should see a stronger police presence in certain areas in future after politicians backed a reorganisation of the service on Tuesday.
It will see a reduction in the number of police regions from six to four (capital area, north, south west and central east), corresponding with judicial districts.
“This territorial reorganisation aims to increase the availability of police for the citizen and to ensure an increased presence of patrols in the field,” the government said in a press release on Tuesday. Effectively, 13 police stations will be open 24 hours per day while some stations will operate from Monday to Friday, 7am to 9pm.
The reform will ensure the creation of a national judicial police service, which would set strategies and ensure a uniform implementation of crime-fighting policies nationally. Administrative police, meanwhile, would also be given greater powers to act in the event of disturbance of the peace, to protect public safety and health.
“These measures include, in certain situations, identity checks, searches, the establishment of a security perimeter, temporary closures of establishments, seizures or administrative detention,” the government said.
The reform foresees boosting staff numbers through better hiring, integration, training and career management.
Interior security minister Etienne Schneider said: “Through a more efficient organisation, closer proximity and more technical and personal, this reform modernises the police services and adapts them to the reality of Luxembourg society. The police stations will be given more resources and especially resources allowing a reinforced police presence and reactivity on the ground, which is also guaranteed through extended opening hours of police stations or through more presence of agents on the ground.”