So far, there is no comprehensive situation report on physical or psychological violence against public service employees in Germany. However, Franziska Müller, head of the “Geschäftsstelle Gemeinsame Zentralstelle Kommunale Kriminalprävention” (office of the Joint Central Office for Local Crime Prevention), believes that this would be absolutely desirable.
On the one hand, it is no longer only police officers who are affected by violence, but also, for example, teachers and employees in the job centres. On the other hand, the police crime statistics (PKS) show deficiencies in this respect and are only of limited significance in this context. Only victim offences are recorded there. Insults, however, are not victim offences, Müller said. Also, many professions in the public service are not explicitly recorded in the PKS. In addition, the statistics only show the bright field, i.e. the reported offences.
A digital reporting service is currently being developed in a research project. In the coming year, there will be tests of a demonstrator in model municipalities, Müller reported. However, a subsequent regular operation in Baden-Württemberg is not planned so far.