Federal Border Police in Germany renamed

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27 May 2005, BERLIN - Germany's Federal Border Police have been renamed as the Federal Police under a bill passed by parliament's upper chamber on Friday.

27 May 2005

BERLIN - Germany's Federal Border Police have been renamed as the Federal Police under a bill passed by parliament's upper chamber on Friday.

The old Bundesgrenzschutz (Federal Border Police) have long ceased to be merely a force securing Germany's external borders, said Interior Minister Otto Schily, who pushed through the change.

Officers from the renamed Bundespolizei (Federal Police) are in charge of transport security including all security for the railways and at Germany's 14 largest airports.

The Bundespolizei guards federal buildings and German embassies abroad as well as supplying bodyguards for politicians.

Federal Police back up local and state police officers in major security operations where violence is feared, such as at demonstrations this year in Berlin and Dresden by right-wing extremist parties.

Germany's crack GSG9 special operations and anti-terror unit is also drawn from the Bundespolizei. The Bundespolizei has 40,000 members of which 30,000 are full police officers.

DPA

Subject: German news

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