The German state of Bavaria is looking to hire more foreign police officers to deal with the growing immigrant population.
Bavaria has hired 159 foreign police officers over the past 23 years. This number will increase significantly over the next few years, according to Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, in an attempt to better handle the growing immigrant population.
“Experience has shown that our officials with foreign roots have a better connection to foreign citizens,” Herrmann said at a press conference Monday. “Public servants of foreign origin are the best example of successful integration.”
Herrmann’s plan is to deploy the foreign officers in immigrant neighborhoods where large portions of the population don’t speak German.
The inspiration comes from the failures in capturing the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a neo-Nazi terror cell that murdered 10 people between 2000 and 2007. Police assumed rival immigrant gangs were behind the murders, which Herrmann believes was a consequence of a lack of cultural understanding from the officers.
“Being familiar with the language, culture and mentality of each community helps us in police education and conflict resolution,” Herrmann said. “I’m optimistic that in this way we can improve our ability to solve crimes and reduce conflict.”
Germany recently moved to abolish a law where EU citizens had preference on the job market to allow migrants to get more jobs. The new law makes it easier for Herrmann to execute his new plan.
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