Police: We understand why you don’t feel safe

Police: We understand why you don't feel safe
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The head of Germany's biggest police union said it would be launching a “safety alliance” between different states' forces as there were parts of the country where people justifiably no longer felt safe.

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“There are zones within cities in which the citizens no longer feel safe, and rightly so,” Oliver Malchow, head of police union the GdP, told Der Spiegel magazine ahead of announcing the “safety alliance” launch on Monday.

The group will be tasked with figuring out how best to police areas with rising crime levels. This will likely include more officers on the street, increased CCTV presence, public alcohol bans and better protection for emergency services when called to incidents.

“Our mission to protect the state and to assert our monopoly on the legitimate use of force cannot be undertaken alone,” said Malchow.

The GdP, which has 180,000 members, also warned of an increase in football violence on Friday which will also be assessed by the “safety alliance.”

“Recent brutal clashes in central Cologne highlight that football violence is intensifying, and shifting onto streets and public transport,” said Malchow.

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