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States, union call for more immigrant police

The Local · 27 Jul 2011, 07:10

Published: 27 Jul 2011 07:10 GMT+02:00

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Gewerkschaft der Polizei (GdP) police union boss Bernhard Witthaut said more officers with foreign roots were needed to strengthen the intercultural abilities of the force overall.

Also, many officers would be retiring in the coming years, creating gaps that urgently needed to be filled.

Many state interior ministries, meanwhile, are already pushing for more recruitment of immigrants for their police forces. However some have told a survey by news agency DAPD that there were often problems finding qualified candidates. In particular, candidates with immigrant backgrounds often failed on language skills.

The call comes amid a heightened fear about anti-immigration, far-right extremism in the wake of the Norwegian massacre, in which avowed xenophobic nationalist, Anders Behring Breivik, killed at least 76 people in a shooting rampage and a bomb attack.

Witthaut warned against lowering entry criteria, saying standards had to be maintained.

While state police figures are difficult to collect, federal police figures show a paltry share of officers with immigrant backgrounds. Of 33,000 officers, just 463, or about 1.4 percent, have foreign roots.

Many states already have recruitment drives among people with foreign roots. Police go to schools and try to persuade immigrant students “that it is important to engage with society,” Witthaut said. “And a job with the police could be one way to do that.”

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In some states, the campaigns go further, with multilingual flyers distributed in immigrant neighbourhoods, advertisements in foreign-language local newspapers and internet campaigns.

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09:53 July 27, 2011 by Ludinwolf
It seems logical and may help as it helps in britain, but i can already see ALL this effort from the police to arouse ethinic minorities/immigrants or non germans being police officers being halt by the bureocracy that haunts recruiters mind.

Better saying, the police will attract candidates but wont recruit them because of the quality of their german language and lack of "german equivalent certificates"

`Witthaut warned against lowering entry criteria, saying standards had to be maintained.`
13:07 July 27, 2011 by lunchbreak
Yes, do solicit immigrant help. Just be sure in the future to ask an officer if he is going by german law or by sharia law as his religion commands he apply in all situations.
13:55 July 27, 2011 by oldWine
@launchbreak :

The officers will follow German law even if they are muslims.As the German Govt will appoint them not the mosques.So no worry.

It is a great hearted step to put immigrant people in the law enforcing agencies.

I have seen in Australia they have police men and women from different countries.

So a man/woman caanot speak English does not have any problem to speak about his/her problem. Becuase there are people speaking Arabic/Chinese/French etc.
14:21 July 27, 2011 by adipk
come on guys its hot topic come with funny and burning debate
14:35 July 27, 2011 by Al uk
Quotas not quality. More box ticking for the PC brigade.
14:55 July 27, 2011 by lunchbreak
@ oldWine

Some of us are wondering you can guarantee that a muslim police will follow german law rather than sharia law as he is commanded to apply in all situations by the Koran.
15:23 July 27, 2011 by GolfAlphaYankee
@lunchbreak: it´s your worst nightmare isn´t it ? ;-) be afraid ... very afraid! not only brown people are living among us but they are also allowed to carry guns now .... from now on you have to grow a beard if you´ re a man and veil your face if you´ re a woman ... and that just the start !

@ oldWine: it´s futile to tray to explain to some people the very obvious. they just have an irrational fear of foreigners or Muslims ... who do you reason with irrational ?
16:29 July 27, 2011 by catjones
If the Norwegian had taken the german's advice and put more cops in the immigrant community they would have missed Breivik: a homeboy.
17:22 July 27, 2011 by michael4096
What would you put your money on...

. a muslim cop doing the job, or

. lunchbreak posting without some invention to further his anti-islamic agenda?
17:50 July 27, 2011 by lunchbreak
@ michael4096

I'd put my money on michael4096 having a liberal pro immigration agenda. Or perhaps on a conscientious muslim having an anti democratic agenda.
18:35 July 27, 2011 by ChrisRea
@ michael4096

I think that lunchbreak just made you a compliment. He sees you as favorable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms and regarding many traditional beliefs as dispensable, invalidated by modern thought, or liable to change (this is the definition of the word "liberal"). I am jealous!
18:46 July 27, 2011 by michael4096
interesting cross post - I was on...

18:47 July 27, 2011 by Al uk
"strengthen the intercultural abilities of the force overall"

What utter s--te. I thought the police were there to uphold the law. I thought this sort of garbage was only happening in the UK seems the madness is spreading.
23:11 July 27, 2011 by lunchbreak
ChrisRea #11

Wrong, I see michael4096 as hopelessly naive and confused. I think in your case there is no need to feel jealous. ;-)
00:44 July 28, 2011 by jomamas
Another solution is maintain social equilibrium by not having so many immigrants.

Immigrants are not needed for any reason, introducing them causes problems, wo why have them?

If we want to help people, then we should be focusing on foreign direct investment.
04:49 July 28, 2011 by catjones
jomamas...how's that North Korean model working out for you?
09:30 July 28, 2011 by LiberalGuy

Aren't we all immigrants on here? After all only about 7% of the vistors to The Local website are German.
13:44 July 28, 2011 by lunchbreak
@ international watch

my views have nothing to do with national socialism but rather with high unemployment, the threat from antithetical quasi religious ideologies, increasing strain on national resources, an overburdened educational system and the dumbing down of society with illiterates from inferior cultures.
18:40 July 29, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
I think it's smart to have Turkish and Morrocan (we are talking about them, right?) immigrants on the police force - as long as standards are maintained. It's a good idea because the law needs to be effectively communicated and enforced in areas that are populated by immigrants. Some Police might not want to go into certain neighborhoods, and if they did they wouldn't be trusted by the immigrants. Especially in an investigation, it would be difficult for a German to get information out of a civilian with a different culture. They need someone they can relate to and speak their language with in order to cooperate.
03:23 July 30, 2011 by lunchbreak
I guess I'm more literate than you internationalwatch because I've read about the stone age immigrant cultures that demean women, condone female circumcision, encourage murder as enacted by so called martyrs and believe that good muslims cannot rest until the entire world is under sharia law. Just for starters. Maybe you should learn to read yourself or at least become informed about these people.
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