Police have too few resources, and the situation is unsustainable both for the police and the citizens.
The criticism from the policeman Mikkel Jørgensen from Thy is fierce.
After seven years with the police, he went on leave and has now gotten other work, he says to DR.
It was simply too hard to accept the pressure at work and the lack of resources to solve simple police tasks at the end:
- Now we have nine refugee centers in Thy, and we only have one patrol. If something happens inside one of the centers, we must not go in. Instead they send a car from Holstebro, and meanwhile we have to wait while the war rages inside the center, he said.
And for citizens in some areas it is virtually anarchy, he says.
- There is lawlessness. Drunk drivers and people without a license. It's the Wild West. There will never come police to these areas, says Mikkel Jørgensen.
According to the now former cop, he is far from the only policeman who currently is considering throwing away the uniform.
- I have not met any colleagues yet, who have not had the thought that I have made a reality, he said.
Mikkel Jørgensen is formally on leave from the police from next week, but he has no plans of returning any time soon.
According to the police union's magazine "Danish Police" 128 policemen went on leave from the police last year. The trend points to the fact that only about a third of those who go on leave return to the police at a later time.
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