By Axel Lier

    When new inmates are brought into the detention center, the other facility has to close for staff reasons. And that means a lot of stress for the police.

    When the deportation prison opens, the detention center closes – and the police officers drive through the city for hours!

    Those who are arrested by the police usually end up in a prisoner assembly point, or GeSa for short, for a short time. There are five of them in Berlin.

    Four people are currently in the hazardous detention center on Kirchhainer Damm

    Four people are currently in the hazardous detention center on Kirchhainer Damm Photo: Ufuk Ucta

    But the GeSa Südwest on Gallwitzallee always has to close for personnel reasons when inmates are admitted to the hazardous prison on Kirchhainer Damm. There are currently three Tunisians and one American in prison.

    “For the period of commissioning and the associated closure of the police custody, the other custody units are available to the emergency services,” said a police spokeswoman for the BZ

    However, this means that radio vehicles from Zehlendorf, Steglitz, Lankwitz, Lichterfelde, Schöneberg and Tempelhof have to travel long distances and are therefore often unable to accept new assignments for hours.

    “If we drive with a suspect to have blood drawn, we sometimes have to drive through half the city to Hohenschönhausen to the GeSa Nordost, because that’s the only place where a doctor is available,” reports an official.

    This can take hours, especially during the day and in rush hour traffic.

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