Police President asks to always carry an identity card

Police President asks to always carry an identity card

Berlin's police chief Barbara Slowik recommends always carrying an identity card during the corona crisis.

  • Polizeikontrolle im Treptower Park© dpa
  • Berlins Polizeipräsidentin Barbara Slowik.© dpa
    The Police President in Berlin Barbara Slowik.
According to the new regulation, which has been in force in Berlin since Friday, this is no longer required, unlike the previous one. "The obligation of identification has of course made it easier for us to determine whether a group in the park is really a shared apartment or a family," Slowik told the "Tagesspiegel" (Sunday edition, April 5, 2020). According to the new regulation, which has been in force in Berlin since Friday, this is no longer required, unlike the previous one. "The identification requirement has of course made it easier for us to determine whether a group in the park is really a shared apartment or a family," Slowik told the "Tagesspiegel" (Sunday edition, April 5, 2020).

Slowik asks Berliners to carry their identity card

"Therefore, I would ask the Berliners to carry their identity cards anyway. This will prevent us from being forced to go home in individual cases and having to take another look at the ID. Or even having to take someone to the police station to establish their identity."

The police are well-equipped and far from their limits

Overall, according to Slowik's assessment, the police are far from their capacity limit. The Berlin police are absolutely stable and well equipped. "Our regular duties have been greatly reduced", she said, "We have no state visits, no meetings, no street parties, no Bundesliga games. Traffic has been greatly reduced." She also said she had more staff than in the same period last year because fewer police officers were on vacation.

Crime is down in some sectors

At least in some areas, crime is declining. "The figures are still not very reliable," said Slowik. "But we have seen a huge drop in home invasion, car, bicycle, bag and shoplifting. "Sexual crimes are also down sharply." Compared to the same period last year, there were about 20 percent fewer crimes. There was no increase in domestic violence in Berlin during the two weeks of restrictions, Slowik said. "Since January we have been slightly above last year's level."

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Monday, 6. April 2020 12:10 Uhr

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