Dieter Glietsch

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Dieter Glietsch (born May 2, 1947 in Willingen (Upland) ) was State Secretary for Refugee Issues at the Governing Mayor of Berlin from September 2015 to September 2016 . From 2002 to 2011 he was police chief in Berlin and thus head of the authority of the same name . Before that he was inspector of the police in North Rhine-Westphalia .


Dieter Glietsch joined the police service of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia as a police sergeant in 1964 and was appointed police inspector in July 2000 . Before that, he was an operations officer in the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of the Interior for nine years .

His appointment as police president was controversial in Berlin police circles, as the impression arose that his SPD membership had been decisive for the appointment and that Berlin competitors, such as the then police vice- president Gerd Neubeck, had been overlooked as too conservative. Furthermore, his rather impersonal, objective management style was initially criticized. Glietsch introduced a culture of openly dealing with one's own mistakes. He made de-escalation a principle for the police to cope with major events . Glietsch attaches particular importance to prevention .

Under Glietsch, the "reorganization of the management structure" of the Berlin police was carried out with effect from July 1, 2003. He presented the concept for this immediately after his appointment. The aim of this reform was to free up more staff for operations and administration by reducing management levels. For this purpose, the staff of the police president and the state protection police office were merged, a joint situation center was formed by the Senate Interior Administration and the police, and the local directorates were reduced from seven to six - the directorate boundaries now correspond to the boundaries of the administrative districts of Berlin. For financial reasons, the Berlin Police Orchestra had to be dissolved under Glietsch at the end of 2003.

On May 1, 2008, Glietsch was attacked by several rioters on the sidelines of the demonstrations in Berlin-Kreuzberg when he wanted to get an idea of ​​the situation on site. Bodyguards took him to safety in a team van.

At the end of May 2011, Glietsch resigned from the office of police chief and moved back to North Rhine-Westphalia as a pensioner. After his reactivation as State Secretary for Refugee Issues, he will primarily head the crisis team for refugee management together with Dirk Gerstle .

In May 2011 Glietsch was accepted as an honorary member of the Association of Lesbian and Gay Police Officers Berlin-Brandenburg eV for his support during his tenure as Berlin Police President.


Glietsch caused a stir in Berlin politics when he warned Porsche drivers in a taz interview in June 2008 not to park their cars in Berlin-Kreuzberg . The chairman of the interior committee, Peter Trapp (CDU), then criticized Glietsch: "The statements will in any case have consequences, the interior committee will deal with the unacceptable portrayal of the police chief in its next meeting on June 23rd". At the same time, Trapp repeated the call made several times by the CDU for the establishment of a special commission to combat the regular arson in the Berlin neighborhoods of Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain , Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte . A Porsche company spokesman also said: “If the police chief of Berlin makes this recommendation, then it seems advisable to follow it. On the other hand, it is questionable that such conditions prevail and that such crimes cannot be prevented. "

A new dress code for Berlin police officers, which Glietsch issued in March 2009, was also controversially discussed. According to instructions, investigators are prohibited from wearing clothing from the Fred Perry , Alpha Industries , Ben Sherman , ACAB, Lonsdale , Consdaple , Pit Bull , Outlaw, Troublemaker and Thor Steinar brands in the future . The brands Fred Perry, Lonsdale, Alpha Industries and Ben Sherman were later removed from the list due to massive public and political protests, also because the four manufacturers had repeatedly distanced themselves from the status of their products in the neo-Nazi scene. Instead, the labels Rizist and Masterrace Europe were added.

When asked by the press, Glietsch explained that the efforts of the police, which had been going on for years, to require all uniform wearers to wear a name badge, would be implemented with the introduction of the new police uniforms in 2010. In this context, he repeatedly made it clear that he was not interested in prosecuting actual or alleged attacks, but in the self-image of a modern and citizen-oriented capital city police. The nameplate should, however, be able to be turned around if it is necessary for “security reasons”. The official's service number should be on the back. This means that police officers can now be clearly identified in the event of similar incidents.

Individual evidence

  1. Press release from September 22, 2015.
  2. May rioters attack Berlin police chief . The world of May 2, 2008.
  3. Michael Müller's coup is called Dieter Glietsch . Der Tagesspiegel from September 22, 2015.
  4. taz interview ( memento from September 13, 2012 in the web archive )
  5. Morgenpost , Berlin. "Warning to Porsche drivers"
  6. Berlin Online, Current  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  7. Der Spiegel , Politics
  8. ^ Plutonia Plarre, marking announced , taz of September 16, 2009

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