A campaign to employ police officers of foreign origins regardless of whether they have a German passport or not has been launched in the state of Bavaria. The move is aimed at helping solve crimes involving migrants.
The news was announced by Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, who discussed the start of the campaign on Monday in Nuremberg, local media reported.
“Our experience has shown that employees with foreign roots are more successful at finding a better approach to migrants,” the minister said, according to Bayerische Rundfunk.
They develop a “direct line” to people with foreign backgrounds since they speak the same language and know how they think, Herrmann said, according to local news outlet Merkur.
“I’m optimistic that in this way we can improve our ability to solve crimes and reduce conflict.”
The launch of the campaign was triggered by a series of recent murders of migrants committed by a local neo-Nazi group, although the idea of the change was floated long before those crimes took place, the minister stressed.
“We have come to realize that it would be no bad thing if we had more foreign colleagues. But it is something we have been planning for a long time.”
The police reportedly will not prioritize migrants who already have a German passport over those who do not, with the Bavarian police hiring foreigners since 1993.
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