Grashof believes that the low salaries of the Berlin police contradict the country's constitution. Now Grashof is collecting money to file a complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court.
"The legislation provides that the family of a civil servant who receives a salary at the bottom of the tariff scale should gain 15% more money than a family living on social benefits," the police representative explained.
However, the family of a police officer has a lot of monthly expenses which the family living on unemployment benefits does not have to pay. They include, for example, the costs of public transport as well as a reimbursement of the radio and TV tax, which "reduce" the actual income to 22,600 euros a year.
"It turns out that the family of a civil servant should receive 2,600 euros more to comply with the directives of the Federal Constitutional Court," Grashof explained.
Grashof believes that the position of the Belin police officers is simply unbearable. Such conditions do not contribute to a person's willingness to work as a civil servant in Berlin, he said.
He also noted that the police have big problems filling available vacancies.
"The gap between the elderly and young employees is increasing, and in the coming years we will have a huge wave of retirement, which we won't be able to compensate. The longer our politicians leave this question unanswered, the more dramatic the situation will become," Grashof stated.
According to him, the respect for police work implies "a much higher pay, which, among other things, can again motivate people" and "attract valuable specialists back to Berlin."