The german police union has complained of increasing disrespect and hostility towards police officers. "We need more respect and more appreciation for our police," federal chairman rainer wendt told the "passauer neue presse".
"It’s not just the number of missions that imprint and burden. There are hostilities, insults, attacks and violence, sweeping suspicions and pure hatred, which the women and men on duty are confronted with."
Wendt also lamented "uble agitation over alleged structural racism and police violence and a climate of contempt and disrespect". The forces needed the certainty "that the civilian leadership of our country stands behind them, otherwise state authority cannot be secured. And without state authority, social cohesion cannot be ensured". In addition, wendt announced a campaign under the motto "polizeiwertschatzen. In recent weeks, right-wing extremist chat groups of police officers, among others, have caused a stir in several federal states.