I AmA cop working in Germany's "capital of crime". I am against prohibition of any drug. AmaA
I've been a redditor for about 6 months and I have seen a couple of cop AMA's by American cops, but none by German cops.
I thought German redditors might be interested in this and people from other countries might find it interesting to get a look at how other police agencies work.
I will advertise this AMA on other subreddits.
Some facts about the German police:
Each state (there are 16) in Germany has its own police force ("Landespolizei") and then there is the federal police ("Bundespolizei") and the customs police ("Zoll")
I work in Frankfurt am Main (state of Hessen), which has been called Germanys "capital of crime" as it has the highest crime rate of all cities in Germany. This is kind of distorted for various reasons that I am not going to get into now, but it is a still a very high crime city (not compared to major cities in the US tho, I guess).
In Hessen, you have to study 3 years in a mixture of practical training and university education to become a cop. You need the highest or second highest education available in Germany to apply. Classes include of course lots of law, ethics, politics, psychology, sociology and others.
After the three years and two exams that you have to pass, you can apply to a police station or join the Riot Police ("Bereitschaftspolizei"). Riot Police used to be mandatory and still was when I finished, I spent half a year there (during this time I was at the Castor and Occupy demontrations and lots of football games that turned violent a few times).
More if you care:
Some things about me:
In my mid-late-twenties. Was in the army for the mandatory service of 9 months before the police. I have been out of training for about 1 year, so obviously still a rookie, but I feel like I can share a few things you might be interested in. I am anti-prohibition, in fact I am for the legalisation of ALL drugs. I am a donating member of Greenpeace. At the same time, I am rather conservative (for German standards). I am pro-gun and would like to see harsher immigration laws, higher prison sentences and a zero tolerance policy to repeated offenders.
I work in the area around the main train station, where there is an open drug scene. Frankfurt has four drug consumtion rooms, where addicts can LEGALLY own and consume any sort of drug that they like. Of course, this causes a HUGE drug scene. The drug rooms are constantly overfilled, so the addicts will sit on the street and simply consume there. It is normal to see people sitting on the street injecting heroin. Even when I see them taking their drugs, I usually let them finish injecting and very rarely take it away from them (usually only when they are being rude/disrespectful to me).
About the drug laws in Germany:
It varies from state to state, but generally they are pretty lax compared to the US. Frankfurt am Main probably has some of the laxest prosecutors in all of Germany when it comes to drugs. If you are caught with a few grams of heroin, the prosecution will not prosecute you for it, you will never even go to court. You can be caught with 50 grams of Marihuana and not be arrested and most likely only pay a few hundred € fine.
Anyway, enough talk, ask me almost anything.
Thank you for all the questions and for keeping it friendly, after more than 8 hours of answering questions I am going to call it a night.