A Police democratises itself

Diskussionskommando Berlin

Second Meeting

It can't be absolutely verified if April 24, 1969, was the date of recruiting and information or the day, the unit actually started duty. But this way or the other, the date is perfect to memorize this special unit's foundation. And, as proved by the very next future, it would turn out to be enormously impor- tant and momentous. Group 47 had an immediate impact not only on policing practise at university teach-ins or during the dreaded violent street fighting, but also on the institution itself. Klaus Hübner called it a "civilian bacillus" infiltrating Berlin police, though not yet intendedly. It was only after the benefits of this new style of policing and leadership had become perceptible, that we were even encouraged to act as multipliers within the police in general.
Polizei-Unterkunft Kruppstraße Schlieffen-Saal
During Commissioner Glietsch's term (2002-2011)* Berlin police would like to declare his philosophy of  "reaching out a hand" as a revival of the Discussion Command idea. But, as the writer Ulrich Enzensberger once pointed out, "to reach out one's hand is a wordless gesture, while the Diskussionskommando did talk to their counterparts, thus doing exactly the opposite." That´s how it is!
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68th Revolt

One thing, though, I can tell you for sure: it was a very stony and a very long way to go, and not every body was ready to follow up until the end. For me and many other colleagues it marked the end of our careers – they simply did not take place anymore. Still, Group 47 became a legend. Berlin police could and should be proud of having once been pioneers of modern policing in Europe. And it would benefit a lot if it were able to define its identity by what it has been able to achieve and to establish! Unfortunately, historical memory is not cherished within Berlin police. Instead, its leadership preferred drowning in self praise and in- dulging all too much in politicians' desires. The Police Commissioner of Berlin's office, however, is not a poli- tical post.  
A Police democratises itself