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Refugee work is a burden for the police

The list of worries is long: Quite a few police officers try to cope with their work despite headache and stomach ache, reports the state chairman of the Bavarian Police Union, Peter Schall. There is also a lack of staff. Many civil servants would have to work nationwide in additional shifts at night and on weekends. "The colleagues complain that little consideration is given to their physical and psychological stress," says Rainer Wendt, Federal Chairman of the German Police Union. The Berlin union representative Detlef Herrmann complains that the police are now serving as "substitutes for the immigration authorities".

A Hessian police headquarters took the trouble to list the many new activities: registering refugees, creating files, completing passport research, issuing replacement papers, taking asylum seekers to consulates general and embassies, filing applications for detention, arresting and interrogating smugglers.

Many police officers are working on the edge of their strength

In addition to all identification measures, the police also have to choose accommodation and look after the distribution of the refugees. She also has to hand over money and benefits in kind. In the case of rejected asylum applications, she must prepare return flights, check the persons' ability to fly and organize medical travel escorts.

Police tasks are left behind

"SOS." - The police union in Bavaria sent this emergency call and wrote an open letter to the Bavarian state government. Police officers report in it of "suffering, misery, anger, anger and exhaustion" that they encounter as "assembly line workers" when refugees are first admitted.

In Schleswig-Holstein, many police tasks are simply left behind, report other officials. A lot of crime bypasses the investigative authorities. There was a lack of opportunities to intervene quickly. However, one cannot permanently watch how drug transports, for example, happen unhindered. The danger exists, however, because even departments not affected by refugee issues have to delegate officials around the clock.

"The police will fulfill their legal mandate," says Rainer Wendt from the German Police Union. But he has to admit that you cannot perform all tasks everywhere. "For example, we will not always be able to discover counterfeit papers," says Wendt. When asked what could be guaranteed in any case, the experienced police officer replied: "We will be able to protect the refugee homes, and we will deal with the conflicts within the homes as best we can - but the resources are exhausted."

Retirees should help

The police have to take on many new tasks

Pensioners, i.e. former police officers, are now supposed to remedy the situation. In addition, police officers who are about to retire are said to be postponing their retirement. The West Hesse police headquarters in Wiesbaden wrote to around 200 former officials, around a third of whom are said to have expressed interest in resuming work.

At the national level, the response was "rather modest," remarks Rainer Wendt. This is due to the scant consideration for the reactivated police forces. "The additional earning potential of a civil servant is far too low," said Wendt. Everything that the actually retired police officers would now do for refugees would be deducted from their pension. Still, Wendt is confident. After all, they are former state employees who would not have given up their civil service virtues when they retired: "If their country needs them, they will also serve their country again."

But this unusual measure only alleviates the situation minimally. That is clear to everyone involved. That is why the police authorities are now increasingly relying on Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. She offered help from the Bundeswehr. Especially in areas that do not necessarily have to be served by police officers. Above all, this includes logistical issues such as tent construction and transport. The Bundeswehr has many options there. But the Bundeswehr is also not allowed to go further. Arresting smugglers and looking after refugees remain the tasks of the police.