Berlin is known as the party capital of Europe. For many people, popping pills has become a normal part of a night out. Cracking down on the criminals who supply them is a challenge police face every day.
Police in Berlin have recovered stolen diaries and other items belonging to former Beatle John Lennon. A man has been arrested and investigations are ongoing.
As security becomes increasingly prioritized by German politicians, Berlin's Alexanderplatz has been dubbed one of the capital's most dangerous spots. DW's Kate Brady accompanied Berlin police on a Saturday night patrol.
Serious accusations leveled at the Berlin police academy include violent and even criminal trainees. Meanwhile, police forces around the country are struggling to find suitable recruits.
Berlin has quietly ended a ban on cannabis possession in this notorious park, admitting it was ineffective in addressing flagrant criminality. Drug pushers are a constant fixture, despite a zero-tolerance policy.
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