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Danish Police spend time gaming to help teens

Words by Abi Scaife

Danish Police have a team who spend their days gaming... all to help others.

Sorry, what?

That’s right - Denmark has a crack team dedicated to gaming online with teens and young people.

While this might sound like a questionable use of taxpayer funds, in actuality, they have a very important job - keeping kids safe online.

Tell me more.

Since April 2022, the Politiets Online Patrulje (Police Online Patrol) spend their days playing games like Counterstrike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, and Minecraft, which all have the option to connect, chat and play with strangers. 

They even have a Twitch - a popular streaming platform for gamers - as well as a Facebook page, Instagram, and YouTube channel. They’re also pretty popular on TikTok!

So what do they actually do?

They keep an eye out for things like fraud and hate speech, as well as more sinister things like those who might be targeting children for grooming.

One thing's for sure, people are certainly safer with these guys on the job - and if you’re looking for a giggle, check out their TikTok!

If you want to support keeping people safe online, get involved with the UK Safer Internet Centre.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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