Dialog fremfor konfrontation
Dialogue rather than confrontation
Af John Nzau
Public perception towards law enforcement agencies in developing countries is always filled will fear of harassment, arbitrary arrests, victimization, wrongful prosecutions and high level of corruption but that’s not the case in Fyn’s Police District and Denmark in general.
According to Poul Bjornholdt Lohde, who is police commissioner in Fyn’s district, corruption in the police service is a foreign concept and its never tolerated at all in whatever circumstance. Any officer found engaging in search vices is dismissed and prosecuted immediately. Corruption and bribery is what leads to lack of trust between the public and police which is the case in Kenya where the vice is rampant and no one is ready to engage in dialogue or support a corrupt police system.
Its in the spirit of service to the people, rather than to the state, that Fyn’s police have initiated a dialogue program with mostly the(immigrants) dash-danes as they are popularly known locally. The point is to make them allies, rather than enemies by holding forums that bring them together to create a common understanding in security and policing matters. This is contrary to the Kenyan system of community policing, where there is no dialogue at all and the police view themselves as always right and consider the public to be the enemy.
The taxes that finance the Danish police system makes it more professional and efficient in policing matters. Especially the recruitment and training system where you are taken through serious tests and a longer duration of training, which is four years and you graduate with a degree, is different from the Kenyan context, where police training takes nine months and you are only taught to handle guns, riots and after graduation you are told that any member of the public is an enemy.