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Tuesday, June 18

Euro 2024: Berlin police are at capacity

Overtime has been cancelled and Berlin police officers are even being sent to provide security in other federal states during Euro 2024.

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Tuesday, June 18

Euro 2024: Berlin police are at capacity

Since the opening match on Friday June 14, police forces in Berlin have been struggling to keep up with security demands. That night, at around 10pm, officers of Berlin’s 31st police unit learned that (contrary to what they had been told earlier) they would in fact not have the following day off, but were expected to report back the following afternoon. Simply put, the force is too short-staffed to cover the day-off.

At the moment, officers from Berlin are also being dispatched to cover Euro-related security in other federal states. On Saturday, when a man attacked police officers with a hammer and an incendiary device in a fanzone before the Netherlands-Poland match in Hamburg, officers from Berlin were present.

Over the upcoming 22 match days, Berlin police will not be allowed to claim overtime. The increased concern around security “pushes the Berlin police to the limit and sometimes even beyond” says Berlin’s police chief Barbara Slowik. According to Slowik, the current security demands could not be met without a ban on holiday days and time off.

Berlin plays host to six Euro matches and is home to the largest fan zone of all the host cities. For this reason, the police union GdP has described sending Berlin forces to other cities as “absolutely incomprehensible”