Yesterday, about 75 international researchers and their partners were very eager to get some useful information: It was a first chance to meet police commissioners in their research environment. Mrs. Scheibe, First Lieutenant, works for the department of prevention. She was ready to give everything: detailed information about security in public space, her ability to act both as a perpetrator as well as a victim and all her knowledge to so many questions that were asked by the audience. She gave a presentation first explaining responsibilities of police forces as well as their uniforms and ID cards, then informing about emergency calls and what to keep in mind when making such a call and later on she talked about safety, criminal proceedings and victim protection organizations.
Together with her colleague she demonstrated what might happen and what might work when you perceive a situation that makes you watch out; in addition they showed how you can protect yourself and rise awareness of others when you feel unsafe. Both commissioners were also good actors, the audience easily noticed that they are trained well and have made some interesting experiences in their career. Though it was sometimes funny to watch, it helped a lot to get to the crucial point: Is this situation critical or not? And if yes, what can I do? Which rights and which obligations do I have myself?
The police clearly stated that you should always call the police in any case of danger or harassment. Even if the one who picks up the phone does not speak English, he or she will hand you over to an English-speaking colleague immediately.
“The presentation was a good idea. I think people are now sensitized to perceive critical situations and, furthermore, they might be more confident daring to intervent and help others as well as helping themselves” was the conclusion of an Indian PhD student who joined the presentation.
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Our thanks go to Mrs. Scheibe and her colleagues for giving their time and effort. We also thank the IFW (Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung) for hosting this event.