The 56,000 employees of the North Rhine-Westphalian police received an email from their boss this week. In it, Herbert Reul (CDU) called for criminally relevant incidents to be reported from colleagues. After the revelation of right-wing WhatsApp chats with the Essen police last week, the interior minister wants to clear up and clear up his authority. Just a few days later it can be said that he got off to a good start.
Because within a short time, the North Rhine-Westphalian police received evidence of 16 further suspected cases from their own ranks. Who gave these clues? Above all the police officers themselves. This shows that the self-healing powers of the state police will work in 2020.
This gives hope that the authority of the most populous federal state will succeed in uncovering and smashing right-wing extremist networks within its own ranks. Because everything is at stake for the police after the Mülheim scandal and the more than a hundred suspected cases. Reul knows that, but the police officers who had the courage to report their colleagues also apparently know that. This is the only way for the police to regain the trust of the population.
© SZ vom 25.09.2020