Police have been trying to paint a picture of a budestinian police force that has been under scrutiny since a string of incidents involving alleged sexual harassment and violence.

Police said Tuesday that the statue of an officer is a reference to the statue that was toppled in protest of police brutality in 2016.

In the statue, a police officer stands in the centre, and the words “Budapest Police” are engraved in the marble base.

Police say they received complaints from the public about the statue’s removal.

“The statue is part of a series of sculptures that has served as a symbol of the force since the end of the communist regime,” said spokesman Andras Zygimantszky.

“We are trying to bring it back to life.”

He said the statue was erected as part of the police’s commitment to promote respect and a positive image of the city.

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