Hungary is one of the safest countries in Europe where security will be the most precious achievement in the years to come, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Monday.
Hungarian police deserve praise because in recent years they have been protecting the borders of Hungary and Europe while improving public safety in the country, Orbán said at the oath-taking ceremony of 227 police officers in Heroes’ Square in Budapest.
“Only people who come here legally and respects our laws we be allowed through our borders,” Orbán said.
Hungarians are hospitable people, he said. “Every well-intentioned stranger deserves the right of the guest” but it is a common interest that “we should filter out anyone with bad intentions and … ensure our security,” he added.
He said the police force had grown by 7,000 since 2010 and plans call for further increases. This has made it possible to ensure police presence in public areas 24 hours a day, Orbán said.
More than 15 billion forints (EUR 48.4m) were spent on upgrading the police’s vehicle fleet this year
and the entire fleet is planned to be renewed in the next few years, he added.