Many thanks to JLH for translating this brief news item from Junge Freiheit:
Baden-Württemberg Planning Simpler German Test for Police Officers
The Baden-Württemberg interior ministry is apparently planning a definite simplification of the appointment tests for police. To attract more immigrants to police service, consideration was given to simplifying the requirements of the German test. This was said to be necessary as a response to the rising numbers of poorly educated students, the ministry said to Junge Freiheit.
As a result there was a discussion of whether knowledge of Turkish could be evaluated as a bonus, if the candidates had problems with German. The ministry confided that, since more than 30% of the candidates fail the athletic test, lowering these requirements was also considered.
As early as July, interior minister, Reinhold Gall (SPD) complained that there were “far too few people with an immigration background in the police.” He announced his intention to increase their participation in public service. Since 2007, Baden-Württemberg has been seeking to build more trust in the police among immigrants.