Berlin Officers To Fight ID Requirement
PERSONAL PRIVACY—GERMANYAugust 19, 2011
Berlin police officers are staging a fight against a new requirement for them to wear personal identification on their uniforms, The Local reports. In 2010, the Berlin police superintendent established the mandate, which took effect last month and requires officers to wear their personnel numbers or names. Berlin is the first German state to make such a requirement, according to the report. A Berlin police spokesman said wearing identification "is a form of customer service," but one officer said, "I'm afraid. We deal daily with criminals and people who want to hurt us." The officers have the backing of the GdP police union. A GdP administrator said, "There is no compromising on this."