During the summer, the gendarmerie station of Luc-sur-mer (Calvados) welcomes German police to manage the influx of tourists from across the Rhine after the 75th D-Day.
This is the first time that the gendarmerie post of Luc-sur-mer, near Caen (Calvados) welcomes foreign police for the summer.
As part of an international cooperation with the European brigades, two volunteer police officers fromGermany (one for July and one in August) are welcomed "in order to provide an interface between German nationals (victims or authors). They have the same missions as the French gendarmes, in compliance with French law, "says the Chief Warrant Officer Olivier Vincent, deputy brigade commander in Dover.
Tourist influx after the 75e D Day
Lutz Kollbach is trilingual (French, German, English). He details his missions in Luc-sur-mer:
I have been a police officer for 42 years, but not a soldier. German soldiers do not do police missions like here in France. I have three main missions: general reinforcement on patrol, language assistance and victim support.
Rather used to working in big cities such as Düsseldorf or Cologne, Lutz discovers with interest the life of a seaside resort, with its proximity to locals, sedentary or vacationers. "For example, the holiday tranquility operation does not exist here. I was amazed at its existence. The exchanges between men are rich, showing the specificities of the respective countries:
The police are regional with us. Overall, our working methods are not very far apart.
Lutz brings a reinforcement following the arrival of a particular population on the occasion of the 75e Anniversary of the D-Day. He is not there to compensate for a lack of staff. Jean-Marc Fochesato, station chief of the brigade seconded to Luc, confides:
If people are surprised to read the word polizei on the Lutz uniform, they support this initiative. Cooperation is enhanced through interpreting. It's a way of thinking Europe differently.