Berlin Police Recruits’ Language Skills So Poor They Must Take German Lessons


Berlin’s police academy has seen failing levels of German language competence due to the high number of migrant-background recruits.

The head of Berlin’s Police Academy, Tanja Knapp, told the Berlin Senate Monday that recruits should drop English tutorials after it found that recruits had “fundamental difficulties when it comes to [German]… including correct spelling, punctuation and producing written texts,” according to Deutsche Welle.

“Of course, it makes sense to be able to speak English to the capital’s many tourists,” Ms Knapp said. “But if the basic required level of German is too low, then the focus should be on German.”