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Turkey has dismissed more than 33,000 police officers since failed 2016 coup

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Celal Uzunkaya, the head of Turkey’s Security General Directorate, has said 33,372 members of the police force of various ranks have been dismissed since a 2016 failed coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Police departments have approximately 300,000 members nationwide, Uzunkaya said, adding that in the last three-and-a-half years they have recruited more than 80,000 policemen.

The dismissed police officers were believed to be affiliated with the faith-based Gülen movement, which the government holds responsible for the abortive putsch, although the movement denies any involvement.

During a two-year-long state of emergency that ended last July, Turkey dismissed by government decree some 140,000 public servants over Gülen links.

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