Berlin wants to increase police presence | TIME ONLINE

The Berlin Senate plans to use so-called focal points at the Kottbusser Tor or the Warsaw Bridge. The places are considered especially crime-prone.

A policeman at a house entrance in Berlin
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The Berlin police chief Barbara Slowik and Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) have presented key points for a structural reform of the police. The goal of the red-red-green coalition is "to bring more police visible and responsive to the streets and squares," Geisel said. According to this, a so-called focal point unit will be used in places that are particularly prone to crime.

These places include the police about Alexanderplatz, the Warsaw Bridge and the Kottbusser Tor. The presence could be tripled, announced Slowik. According to Geisel, the new unit should bring more security to the citizens. In addition, the police hopes by this Einsatzhundertschaft on a relief of the riot police, which is often claimed by demonstrations or football games.

The Berliners Morgenpost had previously reported that the Einsatzhundertschaft should consist of three trains with 25 to 35 riot police each, which only take care of the respective places. Part of the structural reform, according to the report, is the introduction of a National Police Directorate. Accordingly, the new directorate should be the chief of police and her senior management of everyday business
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